Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cover Books?

I tried to find an example of musicians who have mutually covered each other's songs. If you know one, think if it now and substitute it here for a better introduction.

I've always wondered a cover book would be like. That is, having one author "cover" or rewrite another's book. In particular, I've wanted to see Margaret Atwood cover Stephen King and vice versa. How would Christine read if rewritten by Atwood? How different would Blind Assassin be in the hands of Stephen King?

How about you? Any books you'd like to see covered?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wouldn't mind Bill Bryson covering Bridget Jones' Diary, while Helen Fielding covers A Walk in the Woods. The possibilities are so tempting.

John Mutford said...

I knew someone was going to pick authors I haven't read! Not that I'm avoiding either, I just haven't gotten around to it. But from what I hear about Fielding, an infusion of dry British wit wouldn't go awry in any novel.

Others I'd like to see:

1. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. doing "Bonfire Of The Vanities" while Tom Wolfe does "Slaughterhouse-Five"

2. J.K. Rowling doing "The Hours" while Michael Cunningham does any of the Harry Potter series.

3. Dennie Lee doing "Beautiful Losers" as a kids book, while Leonard Cohen does "Alligator Pie" as an experimental sexcapade.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahahaa I vote for # 3! Definitely.

John Mutford said...

I was first going to suggest Lisa Moore doing "Alligator Pie" while Dennis Lee rewrote her "Alligator", but I think Cohen would have more fun with the line "if I don't get some, I think I'm going to die".

Allison said...

Fabulous idea and excellent discussion. I can't think of any at the moment, but I second Barb's original idea. I really can't stand Bill Bryson's work though.

John Mutford said...

I can't really say much for or against Bill Bryson, though I have wanted to read his A Short History of Nearly Everything for a while.