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How would you summerize classic or famous novels in just six words?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19054points) February 15th, 2011

For instance “Elizabeth hates Mr. Darcy, then doesn’t” (Pride and Predjudice) or “Chasing a whale ends in disaster” (Moby Dick) or “Jesus had a child, it’s secret” (The Da Vinci Code).

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gailcalled's avatar

Stephen broods, Leopold wanders, Molly fantasizes. (Ulysses) If you had asked for eight words, I’‘d add; Time passes.

sinscriven's avatar

Dumb impatient teenage lovebirds kill themselves. – Romeo and Juliet

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, YOU! – On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

erichw1504's avatar

Sparkling vampire loves a human female. – Twilight

sinscriven's avatar

Hamlet is pissed. Everyone gets killed. – Hamlet

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Trust your instincts (I mean it!) – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

gailcalled's avatar

Lassie first leaves then comes home. (Lassie, come home.)

Crazy Don fights windmill; windmill wins (Don Quixote)

Dies and then dead man riding. (El Cid)

sinscriven's avatar

Wesley saves Buttercup. Twue Wuv Pwospers. – Princess Bride

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Everything decides your fate except you – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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Best o’times, worst o’times, it was. – A Tale Of Two Cities (NOT, as some might think, War and Peace).

The_Idler's avatar

Migrant worker kills woman, gets shot…. Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck.


The Roman Empire Declines and Falls…. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon

mammal's avatar

My all time favourite, but not by me, and in less than 6 words;

“Clever Girl” Jurassic Park

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I loves me some prepubescent flesh – Lolita

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Man creates monster, monster is misunderstood – Frankenstein

The_Idler's avatar

Men venture under ground, get lost…. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne

International Date Line almost bankrupts eccentric…. Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

Endless discourse on various submarine wildlife…. 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea – Jules Verne

The_Idler's avatar

Big Brother really is watching you…. 1984 – George Orwell

Brian1946's avatar

Normal sized human meets tiny peeps- Gulliver’s Travels.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Brian1946 That’s 21 words…

gailcalled's avatar

Beautiful woman takes lover, train ride. (Anna Karenina)

Beautiful woman takes lover, then arsenic. (Madame Bovary)

AmWiser's avatar

Hysterical mother marries off three daughters. ~ Pride & Prejudice

SmashTheState's avatar

“A long boat ride, then massacre.” — The Odyssey, Homer

“I’m a bug now. This sucks.” — Metamorphosis, Kafka

“They might be giants. (Probably not.)” — Don Quixote, Cervantes

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Boy and friends defeat evil wizards – Harry Potter Series

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Christmas-time forced introspection, apparition style – A Christmas Carol

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Miser realizes error just in time – A Christmas Carol

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Holden whines, as adolescence really bites. – Catcher in the Rye

ucme's avatar

Salty hopalong wooden grim flabby fish : Moby Dick

Kardamom's avatar

Psycho wreaks havoc on two households. Wuthering Heights

Great expectations often turn out differently. Great Expectations

Orphan acquires new relatives and happiness. Bleak House

Child raised by wolves learns humanity. The Jungle Book

Perceived adultery makes Puritans really mad. The Scarlett Letter

The Horror of having to explain. Heart of Darkness

SuperMouse's avatar

Two Texas rangers drive cattle north.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

One ring, epic journey, hobbits win. Lord of the Rings

Blackberry's avatar

Adamant atheist swiftly owns religious nutjobs – Letter to A Christian Nation (Sam Harris).

erichw1504's avatar

Inquisitive monkey always gets into trouble. – Every Curious George book

Kardamom's avatar

Two hot cowboys camp and kiss. Brokeback Mountain

Allie's avatar

Fly away. Have adventure. Fly home. – Peter Pan

Seelix's avatar

Car crash! Author’s biggest fan = crazy. (Stephen King’s Misery)

erichw1504's avatar

Kid runs away, plays with monsters. – Where The Wild Things Are

Seelix's avatar

War, Kristallnacht, silver boots, then… aliens? (Slaughterhouse-Five)

erichw1504's avatar

Food falls from sky, hilarity ensues – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

ratboy's avatar

Husband masturbates, wife fornicates, “son” ruminates. (Ulysses)

SmashTheState's avatar

Food falls from sky, hilarity ensues. — The Gods Must Be Crazy

SmashTheState's avatar

“Got your towel? DON’T PANIC! 42.” — Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Supacase's avatar

@sinscriven Love the Hamlet one.

Stranded boys go insane on island. (Lord of the Flies)
Dad gone. Women cope – one dies. (Little Women)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Talking animals run a town? AAAAAUUUGGGH! – Richard Scarry’s Best Book Ever

Talking pigs get rich from “revolution” – Animal Farm

Girl learns that people are mean – To Kill a Mockingbird

Man traces family back to Angola – Roots

Encyclopedia Brown will find you out! – Encyclopedia Brown series

Little girl struggles with undiagnosed ADD – Ramona The Pest

gailcalled's avatar

Lawyers with posh accents always win. (Bleak House)

Frankie's avatar

Dude bangs his mom, kills himself – Oedipus Rex

Everybody kills everybody, some are eaten – Titus Adronicus

Woman discovers her sexuality, kills herself – The Awakening

(Wow, mine are rather depressing)

markferg's avatar

Jews first, then Christian stuff. Revelations. – The Bible
Laws of motion, mechanics and gravity – Principia
Sets, cardinal, ordinal and real numbers. – Principia Mathematica
Lowly gardener bangs upper class woman. – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Crazy man seeks revenge on whale. – Moby Dick
Poor me! Jews did it, grrrr!!! – Mein Kampf
Capitalism is crap, socialism will prevail. – The Communist Manifesto
Socialism is crap, capitalism will prevail. – Atlas Shrugged

kenmc's avatar

Child follows rabbit into psychedelic surroundings.—Alice In Wonderland

Child walks through mirror for lulz.—Through the Looking Glass

Maniacs drive around America and Mexico.—On The Road

Woman finally develops an actual personality.—The Edible Woman

Bokonon is the greatest troll ever.—Cat’s Cradle

Do these kinda sound like Onion headlines to anyone else?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@markferg Not socialism, communism

markferg's avatar

@papayalily – Have you read any of it? Socialism prevails over capitalism, then communism replaces socialism, but that doesn’t fit in 6 words. Socialism will prevail (over capitalism), it would not be in the spirit of the manifesto to claim that communism directly prevails over capitalism. Communism is too ‘good’ to sully itself with the ‘evil’ that is capitalism, something else (socialism) has to act as a catalytic intermediary. Anyway, for want of 6 words, who gives a shit?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@markferg No, The Communist Manifesto – pretty sure he was advocating communism. Otherwise it’s a really horribly named book. And normally, I wouldn’t care, but there are a lot of people who think communism and socialism are the same thing…

filmfann's avatar

Science created plants take over Earth. Day of the Triffids

aprilsimnel's avatar

Now, John, you’re just showing off! – In His Own Write by John Lennon

Prep school, Vienna and, yes, wrestling. – Most of John Irving’s pre-1990 oeuvre.

Girl imagines she’s white, is not. – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Tree gives until there’s nothing left – The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Kick some ass with your mind! – The Art of War

Now calm down, everything is everything. – Tao Te Ching

gailcalled's avatar

Preppy, rich boy has nervous breakdown. (Catcher in the Rye)

Preppy, rich girl has nervous breakdown. (Franny)

Preppy smart kid has nervous breakdown. (Zooey)

SavoirFaire's avatar

Celebrity and mentor plot orphan’s death. —Harry Potter

Professor boffs Last Scion of Christ. —The Da Vinci Code

It’s all done by one guy. —Fight Club

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