If you can’t come up with a new idea, rethink an old one.
At least, that’s the approach taken by bestselling author E.L. James, who has decided to rewrite her hugely popular debut novel Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of male protagonist Christian Grey.
The new book will be called Grey and will be released on June 18.
This revelation got us thinking – what would other famous books look like from the perspective of minor characters or antagonists?
The Great Gatsby
From the perspective of: Jay Gatsby
New title: The Mediocre Gatsby
Blurb: Reformed thief attempts to distract glamorous house guests from his embarrassing past with copious amounts of alcohol.
To Kill a Mockingbird
From the perspective of: Boo Radley
New title: It’s So Dark in Here
Blurb: Man’s peaceful, reclusive existence is continually disrupted by his pesky neighbours, driving him to murder.
Lord of the Rings
From the perspective of: Gollum
New Title: My Precious: A Guide to Medieval Jewelry
Blurb: A ring enthusiast documents his all-consuming obsession with handcrafted bespoke ornaments.
Chronicles of Narnia
From the perspective of: The Wardrobe
New title: Coming Out of the Closet
Blurb: An examination of commitment and relationships from a piece of furniture who feels as though everyone is just passing through.
Pride and Prejudice
From the perspective of: Mr Darcy
New title: The Perils of Being a Shy Guy
Blurb: Man navigates the dating world with zero game and a resting bitch face.
From the perspective of: Old McDonald
New title: Barnyard Lunacy
Blurb: One farmer’s inner battle with mental illness after overhearing his animals plotting a communist revolution.
The Communist Manifesto
From the perspective of: Tsar Nicholas
New title: Hands Off My China
Blurb: This is why we can’t have nice things.
From the perspective of: The whale
New title: Humans Suck
Blurb: The bitter account of what it’s really like to be hunted on the high seas. A must-read for any activist.