I almost feel like I'm cheating because this was such a quick read, but it was a fun read too.
This book is Laudiero's take on what some pages of famous rough drafts of books and scripts might have looked like, especially if had they been written by a comedian (Laudiero is a member of the Upright Citizen's Brigade and the introduction in the book is hilarious). The inspiration is a quote from Ernest Hemingway that, "The first draft of anything is shit."
Scenes are recreated, alternate titles are considered, and notes are given. Here are a few examples:
War and Peace/War & Peace/Fighting and Loving/Arguing and Kissing/Battles Then Smokin' Weed/Punching and Sexin/Bloodshed & Hugs
The Fun Gatsby/The Nice Gatsby/The Coolest Gatsby/The Gabby Gatsby/The Gatsby Gatsby/The #1 Gatsby/The Chubby Gatsby/The Last Gatsby
Santiago was a man, and men fish. Fishing is the best thing a man can do. Other than bullfighting. I love bullfighting.
Note: Ernest, every time, why?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
by Mary Shelley
"What do you do in your room all day?" his landlady asked him. "I smell funny smells and hear strange noises all the time."
"I bake," replied Dr. Frankenstein.
This was true, as he was working on his scone recipe at the time.
My favorite was the title page for The King's Speech:
The King's S-s-s-s-s-s-p-p-peech
Note: This is offensive David.