Cliches are cliches for a reason - because people seem to love the familiar. In the cinema, we see variations of the same storyline all the time, but a vast majority still enjoy the predictability so we keep coming back. Well before there were movies there were books, and people who love literature know writers have been telling variations of the same story since they first put pen to paper. Writers’ HQ, an organization that runs writing retreats and online writing courses 'for bada*s writers with no time or money,' released an image series of 'Accurately Titled Novels,' - that are all too familiar.

The hilarious series of fake books perfectly parody our favorite book genres from murder mysteries to vampire-romances to period pieces, these covers take a witty stab at some of our favorite literary tropes. The idea originated from the mind of Writers' HQ co-founder, Sarah Lewis, "I made the original Disaffected Working Mother With Awful Husband cover and sent it to Jo to take the piss out of my own writing as I was utterly sick of myself," she explained to Bored Panda, "It also happened at the same time we had both read a lot of stories about sad men and people drowning, so we made a couple more."

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Johnny Frostbite 3 weeks ago

good ol Crimey McThriller

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For a while, the creative covers were more of a public inside joke than anything else. "We posted them on Facebook and no one paid any attention, so we forgot about it and occasionally made more covers to send to each other as a joke." 

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juice 3 weeks ago (edited)

ah, Wafty Dystopia

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Their book art was busted out of anonymity when it caught the attention of Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, Wil Wheaton, "I went on holiday and Jo decided to post them all on Tumblr, when Wil Wheaton of all people came across them. I turned on my phone to like a billion notifications. That was two years ago and people are still commenting on them. P.S I was a teenage TNG nerd and I fangirled for MONTHS."

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Ava Florine 3 weeks ago

*skips page 156* No thank you

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As book-lovers and authors, Lewis-Hammond says the jokes are all in good fun. "We're not being b*tchy about any particular book or genre, but it is funny that you can punt out a generic idea and get a flood of comments saying, 'Oh, that must be XYZ or ABC," when we didn't necessarily have a specific book in mind," adding, "We both read and write a lot and were trying to make each other laugh by pissing about with tropes. It escalated A LOT." 

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Podunkus 3 weeks ago

But you got the Editor off your back, so that’s at least something.

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Writers' HQ was set up to run writing retreats and online courses for badass writers with no time or money. As two smol writers we felt the literary establishment was entirely aimed at rich Boomers who take themselves far too seriously and wear way too many scarves, so we created a place where we get to talk about the writing we love at the same time as helping writers who need help with time, space, money and general support, and where we also get to make each other snort tea out of our noses. 

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Sarcastic Cow 3 weeks ago

Vladislav, baby don´t hurt me, don´t hurt me...

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Chris Kourou 3 weeks ago

That's 100% accurate lol

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 3 weeks ago

Ah, yes... another hit by D.R. Neckbeard.

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Bob Beltcher 3 weeks ago

If you don't know what to write about, write about yourself.

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MagicalUnicorn 3 weeks ago

90% of YA novels nowadays..

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Bluebell Rizzi 3 weeks ago

M.Y. Vagina...

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Podunkus 3 weeks ago (edited)

With a forward by Brittany Begpacker, travel guide award winner and NTY bestselling author of “Not on MY Dime!” and “Seventeen Countries on $17 — If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.”

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Sarcastic Cow 3 weeks ago

Fitzherbert - Starepervert

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Podunkus 3 weeks ago

Those aren’t chickpea pods, so I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out about the string bean connection.

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Bob Beltcher 3 weeks ago

Just like Eddie Murphy said. Go take that self trip to Jamaica.

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A.H.W 768 3 weeks ago

Anybody else notice Wankshaft?

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Jo PP87 3 weeks ago

MAN MANNINGTON

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Cassim_D 3 weeks ago

these names are more hilarious than the titles: Winston Douche

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Zenozenobee 3 weeks ago

MS Cishet ;p

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Bluebell Rizzi 3 weeks ago

Must be Man Mannington's brother!

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TrashPandaru 3 weeks ago

Zhaan was blue. That's definitely a colour.

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Bluebell Rizzi 3 weeks ago

Ah yes

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Podunkus 3 weeks ago

The end is the same as the beginning. Trust me.

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Bob Beltcher 3 weeks ago

Every lifetime movie ever.

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Grumble O'Pug 2 weeks ago

aka Jacob's Ladder