Book Titles With One Letter Missing (20 Pics)

The hashtag #bookswithalettermissing was trending on Twitter. In response, user @darth decided to do us all a favor and Photoshop some of the best entries. [via dailydot]

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161 responses to Book Titles With One Letter Missing (20 Pics)

  1. This idea (including several of the examples, such as the Da Vinci Cod) are actually from the british radio program Cabin Pressure.

    1. being as that show started in ’08 I’m going to assume they were not the first to ever do this. I participated in a lot of Photoshop Phridays on something awful for ever ago and this was a reoccuring theme. Infact they just did a 3 part series on this theme.

      1. Ring Up The Bodies
        Our Ma’ in Havana
        The Big Seep
        Loud Atlas
        The Beak House
        A Farewell To Arm
        Madame Ovary
        A Christmas Carl
        Lice In Wonderland

      1. Oliver Twit
        Avid Copperfield
        A(n) Ale of Two Cities

        you could go on and on.
        The World According to Arp
        Mob Dick
        The Two Owers
        The Red Plane

        and so on.

  2. The Baby-Sitters Club one makes no sense. The title of the book is “Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls” or something like that. Definitely not a missing letter.

    1. Because they changed the name of the series to The Babysitters Cub. The title of the book was obviously changed to fit in with that.

    2. They took the “l” out of “Club” in the title of the a
      series, then changed the title to make it work with “Cub.”

    3. Nothing like injecting a downer into an otherwise hilarious post.

      Ever considered just enjoying the premise and laughing at the result?

      Just a thought. 🙂

      1. Yes Charles, my thoughts exactly. I think it is attributable to global warming. Along with the bees dying out, human intellect seems to be waning as well. It also appears that, as human intellect diminishes, sense of irony is the first casaulity… 😉

      1. That would depend if you’re using British or American spelling Jess. So yes it does work and is rather amusing 🙂

        1. Nope, sadly the spelling in the title is Grey, as it’s the surname of one of its awful characters, not the word grey/gray.

        2. Grey is the name of the character. That’s not going to change just because you’re using American English.

  3. Unless the word “letter” counts as a letter for the joke (which would be inconsistent more than creative), the Hawthorne book doesn’t belong. Some of the others are good, though.

    1. Well, obviously it does. Took me a while to get it though, as I was thinking of The Scarlet Pimpernel 🙂

      1. Calm down. More than likely, he was simply absorbed with the idea of deleting a letter from a title rather than thinking about what kind of meanings those changed titles had. I’m sure nothing was meant by it, so your vitriol isn’t necessary. Since we’re doing a literary thing, I was more put in mind of ‘rape’ like in “The Rape of the Lock,” not a literal rape at all.

  4. “One with the Wind,” Gone with the Win,” “Start Little,” “The Trumpet of the Wan,” “Diary of a Wimpy Id,” “Confessions of a Prairie Itch.” So much fun!

  5. The Prince and the Paper
    Liver Twist
    All Quiet on the Western Font
    The Unbearable Lightness of Bing
    The Rapes of Wrath
    On the Rod
    The World According to Gap

  6. Don’t you get it? The point is not that this is a new idea–the redrawn covers are the point! Some of them are truly inspired in the way in which the style of the original has been played with. Having said this, I have to agree with @Jaslene, a golden opportunity was missed wrt the old cock.

  7. Fun reading. Hopefully one does not have to be of a certain age to appreciate the puns intended with the misspellings.

  8. Some funny, some meh. As a graphic designer, the PhotoShopping bothered me. The artist should have respaced and recentered the text when eliminating letters.

  9. Just thought of a few others…
    1. Jane Eye v. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    2. Sales Lot v. Salems Lot – Stephen King
    3. Back Beauty v. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
    4. Lord of the Lies v. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    5. Little Omen v. Little Women – Louisa Mae Alcott
    6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Inn v. Finn – Mark Twain
    7. The Picture of Dorian Gay v. Gray. – Oscar Wilde (kind of funny if you think about it.
    8. Rave New World v. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    9. The Gapes of Wrath v. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    10. Rome and Juliet v. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
    11. The Old Ma and the Sea v. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
    12. Heat of Darkness v. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    13. One with the Wind v. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    14. Liver Twist v. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

  10. We await publication of helpful kitchen guide, “A Place of Grater Safety”. I have cover ready now. Still working on my tatted underthings pattern book, “A Lace of Greater Safety”.

  11. I was (perhaps too quickly) reading through the comments and got to the last one and thought, “That’s not funny, where’s the missing letter?”. Then I realized “Your e-mail address will not be published” was not an entry…

  12. The House of the Even Gables – Hawthorne

    Moby Ick – Melville

    A Ale of Two Cities – Dickens

    Ride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Jane Eye by Charlotte Bronte

    On the Rod by Kerouac

    A Clockwork Range – Burgess

    Cancer War – Solzhenitsyn

    The Unbearable Lightness of Bing – Kundera

    War and Pace – Tolstoy

    Paradise Lot – Milton

    The Ell Jar – Plath

    The Journal of a Plague Ear – Defoe

    Gulliver’s Ravels – Swift

    To Ill a Mockingbird – Lee

    The Topic of Cancer – Miller

    Alas Shrugged – Rand

    This is too much fun – must stop….must STOP! 🙂


  13. Goldilocks and the Three Bars
    Lice in Wonderland
    Fatland (Flatland)
    Of Mice and Me / Of Ice and Men
    The Pear

  14. The Andromeda Stain (The Andromeda Strain)
    The Lost Word (The Lost World)
    The God of Mall Things (The God of Small Things)
    The Hound of the Bakervilles (The Hound of the Baskervilles)
    The Sin of Four (The Sign of Four)
    Emesis (Nemesis)

  15. Since students are going ever more in debt with the new interest rates, they might enjoy:

    “Future Hock” by Alvin Toffler

  16. He idiot – Dostoevsky
    One flew over the cuckoo’s net – Kesey
    The Outside – Camus
    Miser -King
    Dago – Lovecraft

  17. Lord Foul’s Ban (Lord Foul’s Bane)
    The Power Hat Preserves (The Power That Preserves)
    The One Tee (The One Tree)
    White Gold Wilder (White Gold Wielder)
    White Old Wielder (White Gold Wielder)
    White God Wielder (White Gold Wielder)
    The Wounded Lad (The Wounded Land)
    Winter’s Heat (Winter’s Heart)
    The Forest Hose (The Forest House)
    Runs (Ruins)
    Cities of God (Cities of Gold)
    Cities of Old (Cities of Gold)
    A Man Rides Though (A Man Rides Through)
    Gory Season (Glory Season)

  18. Little Bother

    Rue Blood

    Smilla’s Sense of Now

    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma

    The Prim of Miss Jean Brodie

    Vanity Far

    Jane Eye

    Tristam Handy

    Ucky Jim

    The Koan

    1. > Harry Potter And The Half-Loaded Prince

      That’s cheating, it ought to be half-looded. No, actually not even that. The original title is ‘half-blood’ as opposed to ‘half-blooded’.

      How about Harry potter and the Half-Bloo Prince? Alf-Blood Prince?

  19. Mob Dick, Herman
    Laughter in the Ark, Vladimir
    Our Gag, Philip
    War and Pace, Leo
    The Big Seep, Raymond
    A Hose for Mr Biswas, Vidiadhar
    The Potable Promised Land, Toure
    Mr Dalloway, Virginia

    And the list goes on and on.

  20. In Search of Lost Tim by Marcel Proust
    Where Angels Fear to Read by E.M. Forester
    The Unexpurgated Cod by J.P. Donleavy
    The Secret Gent by Joseph Conrad
    The Englishman’s Oy by Guy Vanderhaeghe
    The Panted Word by Tom Wolfe

  21. 1. Postmodern Poo – Frederick Carews
    2. Common Mistakes In Engish (5th Edition) – T.J. Fitikides
    3. i before e (except after ) – Judy Parkinson
    4. The Aster and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
    5. Pass Both Your Diving Tests
    6. The Highway Cod
    7. The Unbearable Lightness Of Bing – Milan Kundera
    8. The Fir Next Time – James Baldwin
    9. A Singular Ma – J.P.Donleavy
    10. Stupid White Me – Michael Moore
    11. Drams From My Father – Barack Obama
    12. Backeyes – Dennis Potter
    13. Fur – Salman Rushdie
    14. More Ricks Than Kicks – Samual Beckett

  22. Lie of Pi
    East of Den
    War and Pace
    Madame Ovary

  23. Mob-Dick, Melville’s great American novel of a detective in charge of social unrest.

    The Valley of Hoses, Jean M. Auel’s follow up on her bestselling Clan of the Cave Bar.

    In Cod Blood, Truman Capote’s chilling portrait of alternative bathing techniques.

    For Whom the Bell Toll, Hemingway’s great ebonical treatment of the Spanish Civil War.

    The Return of the Naive, Thomas Hardy’s great novel of romance among simple-minded folks in the heathlands of England.

    And let’s not forget John Updike’s compelling children’s book about the experiences of a cute bunny working in a small town hospital, Rabbit, Rn.

  24. I am sure I had some thing more important to do this evening – but it can not have been this amusing. Goethe’s Fast. Grimm’s Now White.

  25. Ear and loathing in Las Vegas
    Lice in Zombieland
    A time of gits
    Little omen
    The rave boys
    The Canterbury ales
    The fault in our tars
    Cath 22
    Catch 2

  26. You know, I saw something similar on a Tumblr called Classy Books. It featured such titles as Ayn Rand’s classic “Atlas Farted,” George Bush’s seminal “Decision Farts”, and Faulkner’s opus “As I Lay Farting.”

    Gotta get the kids excited about literature!

  27. The Oy of Cooking, by Jewish Princess
    A Tree Rows in Brooklyn, Stories from Hurricane Sandy
    Ma’s Search for Meaning

  28. Oliver Twit
    Lipstick Races (Greil Marcus)
    Goldilocks and the Three Bars
    Travels with Harley
    World According to Arp

  29. The Da Vinci Cod is an actual book. It’s a parody, but a book nontheless. I know this because I’ve read it. It was literally the only comedy-style book in the airport on a very long flight, but yes. It exists.

  30. Me talk petty one day
    The fault in our tars
    Oryx and cake
    Midnight in the garden of goo and evil
    Stitch ‘n’ itch
    Invisible Ma
    The gass menagerie
    The tipping pint

  31. The Return of the Naïve (Thomas Hardy)
    Invasion of the Boy Snatchers (Jack Finney)
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma (James Joyce)

  32. Water or Elephants
    One Girl
    Fight Cub
    Mater and Commander
    The Huger Games
    O’ Country for Old Men
    Goodnight Mon

  33. Did anyone do Voyage of the Bagle?

    Forrest Gum?
    Forrest Ump?
    Goldilocks and the Three Bars?
    Midsummer Night’s Ream?

  34. The Man in the Ron Mask

    Up the Dow Staircase

    Grimm’s Fairy Ales

    A sop’s Fables

    The Moo and Sixpence

    West Side Tory

    The Silent Sprig

    The Heart of Arkness (The true essence of the ship.)

    Ms Pinafore

    Prates of Penzance

    The School for Sandal

    Robin Hood and His Merr Men

    On Carlos

    The Comedy of Erros

    The Mechant of Venice mechant = naughty (in French)

    To Gentlemen of Verona

    Androcles and the Ion An ancient, very advanced physicist

    Ma and Superman They kept it discreet

    Pyg Alion A swine from outer space who speaks Middle English

    Layboy of the Western World

    O Hello

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