The guys from Writers’ HQ went through their bookshelves and picked out some accurate titles for some of the stories they see waaaaay too much of…


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The one your mum has read at least 30 times…

The one that’s too depressing to even finish…

The one you bought with such good intentions…

The one they’ll probably make into a film of starring Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger…

The one where everyone is horrible and nothing happens…

The one you don’t quite get until the final chapter…

The one you love to hate but also kinda want that life…

The one that somehow romanticises all the awful parts of history…

The one you had such high hopes for…

The one written by that guy in your MFA…

The one whose favourite author is Hemingway…

The one that’s basically a short story collection…

The one that’s a literal embodiment of Zooey Deschanel…

The one that obnoxious guy at work is always telling you to read…

The one that thinks a thong is suitable battle armour for a woman…

The one that desperately wants to be Stephen King…

The one by some old white guy who keeps winning literary prizes until he dies…

The one that’s probably set in Scandinavia…

The one that mistakes creepy manipulation for romance…

The one probably written by your creative writing tutor…

The one that thinks ‘diversity’ means having a character with green skin…