Parlour Games for Modern Families

This is the name of a book at my local library, and it is indeed what its title suggests – a book of parlour games to be played by families. Everytime I see it I am always disappointed because it’s not the book I want it to be. I want it to be fiction, a bittersweet story of betrayal and revenge, angst, overcoming adversity, a little bit of romance with the wrong, or are they the right? person, maybe a dash of mystery and the tantilising possibility of an unhappy ending. The sort of book where characters reveal themselves slowly and you teeter between sympathy and dislike, where it seems that time is running out for redemption. The type of book you don’t want to end, yet you want to know what happens. That ticks all the boxes. Palour Games for Modern Families, although no doubt a great non fiction book, seems like such as waste of an excellent title for a fiction book.

So what’s your favourite book title (can be non-existent) and what type of book would you like it to be?



Categories: fun & hobbies, Life

6 replies

  1. As much as I love the “Daring Book for Girls” in its current form, the title has always struck me as suggesting a more… adult manual.

  2. Your idea of what PGfMF should be reminds me of what the trilogy of plays collectively called The Norman Conquests (Alan Ayckbourn) actually is. We did that at drama school – all 3 plays in a day. Exhilarating but exhausting.
    Mindy, have you heard of the Diagram prize? For the year’s oddest book title?
    I would so adore it if Curbside Consultation of the Colon were the daily adventures of a peripatetic pedant, peddling grammarian wares on the street to erudite passersby.

  3. I would like to take a ride on the “Raymond Chandler Omnibus” for a tour of Noir and surrounds.

  4. Serendipitously but tangentially, so sorry to go off piste with the topic, today’s Drive with Richard Glover is doing some stuff on Wrecked Book Titles today:

    Last week we challenged you to wreck the title of a literary classic by altering or adding one letter to it.
    We’ve been flooded with entries – there were some 900 in all – and they were fun to read through even if challenging to narrow down.

    My favourites:
    Bleak Mouse – A study of depression in rodents (Jennie Jones)
    The Sisterhood of the Travelling Rants – (Feargus Manning)
    (that one seems especially appropriate to bloggers)
    Dude the Obscure – (Narelle Hanger)
    (for the lurkers)

  5. I am old enough to have enjoyed the TV series (if three plays is a series) of “The Norman Conquests”. Have never been able to find the DVD, sad.
    Favourite book has to be any of the Inspector Maigret series (that is a series) and I have them all fading away on the shelves. A touch of Paris in the 50s.
    “Life a Users Manual” or “Godel, Escher and Bach” would have to be in the running for second

  6. Never been a big fan of Thomas Hardy’s novels themselves, but by golly could that man write a title: Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Return of the Native, Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure – those are poetry.

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