Posted by: chartroose | May 7, 2009

Feeling Twittery

I’m not a twitterer, and I don’t really want to be one.  There is nothing I do that is so terribly important that I must announce it to the world immediately.  Also, I’m enough of a narcissist without resorting to this new “look at me, look at me” fad, not to mention that I’m a partial luddite at heart.  I refuse to carry my cell phone with me unless I’m traveling, and I turned down a free blackberry at work.  The last thing I want is to have a bunch of whiny physicians texting me all the freaking time.  Egads, I’m such an old curmudgeon!  Damn all those young techhies!  Why don’t they stay home and watch television like we did in the good old days?

Anyway, I would like to try a rather twittery game.  I got this idea from an NPR broadcast.  It was so incedibly funny that I thought I’d introduce it today.  It’s very simple:  I write a few easy “twitterish” lines about a book, and you guess the title.  Here are a few examples from NPR:

  • “Times are hard.  Sister breastfeeding homeless guy.  I’m so outta here!”  The Grapes of Wrath
  • “I hate that guy!  Actually, he’s kinda hot…”  Pride & Prejudice

I’ll write the twitters here.  You only need to write the book title in the comments section.  The first person to answer all correctly wins a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate.  Are you ready?  Here goes…

1.   You are not to think!  You are not to love!  We are watching you.

2.   Daisy, Daisy, have I got a mansion for you…

3.   Cannibals and flayers and FBI, oh my! (speaking of birds… Jodie Foster)

4.   Let go of my gonads!  Out, out, damn demon!  (author initials, WPB.  Linda Blair)

5.   Hey, throw this soda pop on the pony boy.  Maybe it will put the fire out.  (famous teen novel.  Matt Dillon & Patrick Swayse)

6.   I’m good, I’m evil, I’m good, I’m evil.  Dammit, where’s my lithium?  (This one is too hard.  It’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) 

7.   It’s funny–one day you’re a man and the next you’re an insect.  Go figure…

8.   Do not eat those stinky pigs and hang your head in shame when you have your period.  This is nonnegotiable!

9.   Your hair is so soft.  Let me pet it.  Oops, sorry!

10.  When Irish eyes are infected…  (memoir tearjerker)

11.  Stay away from the maze.  You’ll freeze in there.  (watch out for that axe, Scatman Crothers)

12.  “Aargh, my ass is stuck!”  Let me help you, honey.  (famous children’s book(s), HUNNY!!!)

13.  How about a zipless quickie in the 1st class sink?

14.  Mom croaked.  Whatever. (author initials: AC.  He’s a French dude.  Life sucks and then you die.)

15.  Flies are yummy. (very famous horror novel.  Speaking of life sucking…)

16.  Have furry feet, will travel.

17.  I’m glad I was dressed as a ham.

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Hurry and answer now! 

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Responses

  1. I can figure some of these out, but not all of them, darn it!

  2. Tricky, Chartroose, very tricky. I was able to come up with the answer to only 7 of them. Can’t wait to see if anyone gets them all!

  3. 1. 1984
    2. The Great Gatsby
    6. I’m good, I’m evil, I’m good, I’m evil. Dammit, where’s my lithium?

    7. Metamporphosis
    8. The Red Tent/Bible.
    9. Of Mice and Men
    13. Fear of Flying

  4. No clue on #6 but I’m dying to know what book that is!

  5. Carrie — Keep going! You’re right so far!

  6. These are hard! I can only get 7…

  7. Ok, I’ll chime in with what I’ve got. Three of them came from Carrie (I’ve noted which ones), the rest are my guesses:

    1. 1984
    2. The Great Gatsby
    3. Silence of the Lambs (maybe? never read it or watched it …)
    4.
    5. The Outsiders
    6.
    7. Metamorphasis
    8. The Red Tent (thanks Carrie!)
    9. Of Mice and Men (thanks Carrie)
    10.
    11.
    12.
    13. Fear of Flying (thanks Carrie!)
    14.
    15.
    16. The Hobbit
    17. To Kill a Mockingbird

  8. You’re right, Heather, although I was was thinking of the bible for #8.

    Clues forthcoming…

  9. some help for Heather…

    10. Anglea’s Ashes

  10. okay, I can’t spell. Angela’s Ashes

  11. Great, Jillora! More clues coming…

  12. Got a few more, but not many. I don’t read horror novels so those are just wild guesses on my part …

    1. 1984
    2. The Great Gatsby
    3. Silence of the Lambs (maybe? never read it or watched it …)
    4.
    5. The Outsiders
    6. Pycho ?
    7. Metamorphasis
    8. The Bible (thanks Carrie!)
    9. Of Mice and Men (thanks Carrie)
    10. Angela’s Ashes ?
    11. The Shining?
    12.
    13. Fear of Flying (thanks Carrie!)
    14.
    15. Dracula (duh! how did I not get this before?!)
    16. The Hobbit
    17. To Kill a Mockingbird

  13. psst heather…#4 is the exorcist

  14. and #12 is Winnie the Pooh

  15. Go, Heather, go!

  16. Jillora? Anyone?

  17. Heather says it’s The Stranger.

  18. How about you Carrie? Any guesses on #14?

  19. Heather (and you) are right! Thanks, Jill. I’m going to send you and Carrie K. prizes too. They’ll be a surprise!

  20. Hey, where did everyone go?

  21. 1. 1984
    2. The Great Gatsby
    3. Silence of the Lambs
    4. The Exorcist
    5. The Outsiders
    6. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (cuz you gave the answer…I can’t revel in my literary brilliance…darn.)
    7. The Metamorphsis
    8. The Red Tent (Thanks Carrie!)
    9. Of Mice and Men (Thanks Carrie!)
    10. angela’s ashes
    11. The Shining
    12.
    13. Choke? (I keep thinking the movie Fatal Attraction, but that doesn’t count)
    14.
    15. Dracula
    16. Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit
    17. To Kill a Mocking Bird

    Almost there, but no dice.

  22. I don’t know. They got frustrated and bailed, I guess. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…

  23. so sorry! that’s what happens when I blog-read at work… every so ofter I get called away from my desk 😦

    thanks Jill for all the help – and thanks chartroose for such a fun contest!

    oh, and this just confirms my refusal to be on Twitter … too much going on at one time for me to handle. ~LOL~

  24. Sorry, TY, you were just a tad too late…

  25. It was fun! Although without some of those hints, we would have been here all afternoon. You know, the ironic thing is I read about this post on twitter. 😀

  26. I also realize that my numbering is off kilter. I’m doing this quiz at work with the boss breathing down my neck.

  27. Just to recap, here’s what we’ve got … unless someone came up with #14?

    1. 1984
    2. The Great Gatsby
    3. Silence of the Lambs (maybe? never read it or watched it …)
    4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (thanks for that Chartroose)
    5. The Outsiders
    6. Pycho
    7. Metamorphasis
    8. The Bible (thanks Carrie!)
    9. Of Mice and Men (thanks Carrie)
    10. Angela’s Ashes (thanks Jill – you confirmed my guess)
    11. The Shining
    12. Winnie the Pooh (go Jill!)
    13. Fear of Flying (thanks Carrie!)
    14. NO FRICKIN’ IDEA CHARTROOSE!!! LOL
    15. Dracula (duh! How did I not get this before)
    16. The Hobbit
    17. To Kill a Mockingbird

    Seriously, this WAS fun … sorry I was MIA in the middle of it all.

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  29. I’m thinking Camus for #14 The Stranger seems the most likely but I can’t remember if the mom dies during The Last Man …

  30. This was quite a fun quiz!:) I had no clue about most of them but the comments section was as entertaining as the post itself!:)

  31. I agree with Ramya. The comments are great!

  32. Oh, I’m so glad that I didn’t see this in time because I would have got absolutely NO work done this afternoon. What a great idea, Chartroose!!!!

  33. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and lithium is practically perfect! He did take something.

  34. You must join twitter… you must join twitter… come… join us … become as one with all the technogeeks … learn how your favourite celebrities live incredibly dull lives … join twitter…

  35. Shaking my head, thinking of totally unplugging…

  36. I just want to say that you always come up with the cleverest, funniest, best challenges ever! 🙂

  37. OMG…you rock!!! Valentino Cthulhu is seriously the most awesome prize/gift ever! Thank you!!!


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