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Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Sh*t Rough Drafts collects imagined misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, creating visions of alternate works that would exist had the authors not come to their senses. What if F. Scott Fitzgerald had gone with the title The Coolest Gatsby? How would The Hunger Games change if Peeta were armed only with blueberry muffins? If the ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Chronicle Books
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Let me tell you folks, this is an underrated gem and I‘m so fucking glad I found it!

The title here is program, just a collection of what could shitty first drafts of famous books, movie and TV shows and it’s freakin‘ hilarious.

Ever wondered what would have happened if Rose really flew off the Titanic? What The Grapes of Wrath could have been called? Or the "original“ reaction of the Three Musketeers meeting D'Artagnan? Well, that’s the book for you.

It shamelessly makes fun of all the great class
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour
This is a funny and very fast read (you can read the whole thing, cover-to-cover in well under an hour). Split into three sections - the classics, contemporary literature and film and television - Laudiero offers snippets of funny, scrawled rough drafts of iconic books, movies and shows that are sure to make you giggle out loud. I’m not convinced that this is the best format, though - apparently this is a print version of a popular website and I think that while this format may introduce some re ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of sh** rough drafts before so was surprised at the content. This is a quick fun read of alterations of famous novels, movies and TV shows. An example is "Good morning Mr. Sense! Said Mr. Sensibility." The page then goes on to make a quip, ha, ha, moment. The blurbs are cute but rarely laugh out loud hilarious. Still, I enjoyed reading it and subscribing to the website. Another Internet sensation! ...more
Bridget LaMonica
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a blazingly quick read, doable in a single day if you're so inclined.

It's definitely an entertaining look at a sort of self-deprecating form of fan fiction -- in the sense that it pokes sometimes well deserved fun at popular literature, movies and children's books by writing alternate takes on famous scenes.

Each entry is a page or less, so you can imagine how quick a read this is. Some jokes are quite funny, while others are more predictable.
James Thomas
Feb 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
A lot of work went into this book. But I didn't find it humorous. It's a quick read and the cover pretty much gives you the entire book. Most reviewers here seem to enjoy this book so I'd say that if you find the cover clever, fun, or amusing, then you may also enjoy the book. I did not.

Nevertheless, I appreciate the thought behind the gift.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, literature
This was hysterical and often times clever. Even movies and books I'm not as familiar with had something for me to laugh at, making it an easily accessible book for every audience. The only thing I have a problem with on this book is that it's not nearly long enough. It only takes an hour or so to read, I want more! ...more
Phoenix Satterfield
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is unique and incredibly humorous, weather these rough drafts are real or not. In the book, there were rough drafts for Harry Potter and The Great Gatsby. I have never read either of those two (sorry), but the edits and original ideas still made me laugh, and made me wonder how these stories wold have gone without being edited.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's not a huge read. :-) Mostly amusing with about a dozen laugh out loud moments. Well worth the $1.50 price tag (it was 50% off the discounted price of $3...bargain baby!). Recommended as a light "bathroom reader" type book. ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The Jokes get old pretty fast. Bought because it was cheap and being sold as REAL first drafts that were bad, before being retooled to success. Not terrible, but not great.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
good fun, some laugh aloud moments.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I laughed at more of these than I thought I would. Highly amusing.
Duane Prejean
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really funny book.
Michael Morrison
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was laughing way harder than I expected. It's a nice little book that imagines some of the biggest and most successful bits of media during the planning stages. It had me from the first page. ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read. Kinda lowbrow humour. I had a few chuckles, but not enough LOL.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Clever, but No Gut-Buster ...

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.

Every once in a while it is nice to take a detour from "serious" reading and pick up something light and witty ... this is one of those books.

S*** ROUGH DRAFTS is interesting in that the author provides a graphical collection of thought-provoking, tongue-in-cheek first draft snippets from the authors/screenwriters of classic books and movies (including modern "class
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine, it-s-ok
I have to admit that I'm kind of torn over this book. While some selections were absolutely hilarious, there were also some that fell fairly flat at times. Perhaps it's because my expectations were slightly high, but I think that this is ultimately the best example of something that is far funnier in its original format on a website. (I'll admit that I hadn't heard of this until I selected this book via Vine.)

I think that overall the best selections were perhaps the ones from the more modern boo
Cheryl Malandrinos
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imaginary misguided first drafts of classic and modern books and screenplays abound in S*** Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. In this clever and funny collection, readers browse through made up versions of well-known scenes. Laudiero has put together a great collection for lovers of writing. I think my favorite was the "Titanic" one, but there were many close seconds.

Though the title is a bit vulgar, there is only one entry inside the book that would make it inappropriate for kids under age 16.

Alan Kercinik
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is completely ridiculous, the kind of piffle that you need every once in a while to just kill an hour.

Here's a typical entry, the first draft of Marley and Me:
Cats can go to hell.
Nobody cares when a cat dies.
They're just awful.
(Ed Note: We get it. You're a dog person.)

I wish more of these would have had more editor's notes, because that extra touch, the exasperated or misguided pen of the first reader, is when this book is truly funny.

This is the kind of book you give someone who wants
Out_of_Bounds Reading
I usually don't read things like this but, after hearing about it, I couldn't resist. I haven't read a lot of classics, but I need to check some out after reading this. My favorites from this book are The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby, How to Kill a Mockingbird, and The Three Musketeers. Then, I also love that Dr. Seuss name could have been The Seuss. The rest of the book was okay, but my favorite was the classics. ...more
Jack Haringa
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this as a gift from a student, and really it's rather a perfect one for an English teacher (or other book nerd). Not every page is a gem, but enough of the jokes worked to have me chuckling most of the time. The better you know the works being satirized, the funnier some of the material is. I do wish the author had done fewer riffs on titles and more on content, but overall, I was amused. ...more
This was extremely silly. Some of the jokes were a little weak, and including the original title first in a list of potential options seems to miss the point. (I think the choice to include the title for all entries was made in the editing process.) But it only took about 30 minutes to read and I laughed out loud maybe 6 or 7 times, so it's more good than bad. ...more
Jeremy West
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a way to spend and hour laughing out loud, then pick up this book and you'll be in for a real treat. I couldn't stop laughing the entire time. This will appeal to lovers of classic, modern literature, and films alike. ...more
Chuck Knudsen
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I like dumb single-idea tumblr books. The premise here is kind of clever, but spoiled by the author's need to include the original title in almost every one, crossed out. Trust your audience to figure it out, man. ...more
Ashley Nelson
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, library
2.5 stars. A few funny bits but mostly just OK. I didn't really find the humor in a lot of it. I thought the movie ones were a bit better crafted than the literature. I liked Marley and Me and 500 Days of Summer. ...more
Sarah Beaudette
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Read in an hour and chuckled at several parts. It makes a good gift for readers and writers, though I'm not sure I would have paid to buy it (received as a gift), simply because of how quickly it goes. ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Some of these was amazing. Others were so so. Overall, I think it's worth buying for the few times I physically laughed aloud. Also, Paul Laudiero has a blog on the same topic that is definitely worth checking out if you're not sure you want to buy the book. ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I saw this at a Half Price Books and immediately thought that one of my English professors would LOVE THIS. Being that it was around Christmastime, I bought it. Then, being the weird person that I am, I read it cover to cover before I wrapped the thing. I was not disappointed.
Neha Kumari
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I found Paul's blog so funny and entertaining that I was compelled to buy his book. It did not disappoint! I found the greatest satisfaction from his T.V, film and modern literature references which had me laughing out loud on the train. ...more
A. Nixon
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I very nearly giggled in public reading this one. Okay, so it takes all over 45 minutes to read through the whole thing but it was funny. If you need a chuckle or you're interested in writing or screenwriting (especially for the latter half), I recommend this book. ...more
Tami Lynn Andrew
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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