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Twitter users recently turned the plots of their favorite books into clickbait, and you won’t believe what happened next…

Actually, you probably will. As with all clickbait ever created anywhere across the Web, this story won’t live up to the headline’s hype. 

What actually happened was someone, somewhere started the #Clickbaitbooks hashtag, and as more and more people got involved, it eventually started trending. What do you mean, that’s dull?! Of course it is, but it’s also the truth.

Hell, number 7 isn’t even all that amazing. You just wait and see.

Clickbait Lives!

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I think it’s safe to assume everybody knows what clickbait is at this point – even your aged parents, who think Windows XP is still a legitimate operating system Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More and that Facebook is the Internet Millions Of People Think They Use Facebook, But Not The Internet Millions Of People Think They Use Facebook, But Not The Internet Millions of people say they don't use the Internet, but talk enthusiastically about Facebook. How has this monopoly of the World Wide Web come about? And what wider implications does it have? Read More . Neither of which is true (trust us, we’re geeks).

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Unfortunately, despite this widespread knowledge of the tricks employed by certain websites to persuade you to click on their articles, clickbait still exists. And, by all accounts, works. Sure, the sites responsible get a reputation for publishing useless article after useless article, but it doesn’t matter as long as someone is reading. Does it?

Thankfully, most people have learned to resist clicking on clickbait headlines, and instead spend their time mocking the practice online. Which is exactly what Twitter recently did with the #Clickbaitbooks hashtag.

The Best #Clickbaitbooks Tweets

The premise of Clickbait Books is simple. Almost as simple as the journalists relying on clickbait headlines to keep their jobs. One takes a novel, whether modern or classic, and turn its plot into a clickbait headline.

What follows are our favorites so far, along with the possible reactions people might have had if these were actual clickbait headlines of articles online.

The Lord of the Rings

What one thing did Gollum need? I must click through and find out. A ring? A RING?! I must get me one of these ring things. Because I don’t mind being grotty and gray, as long as I can fit into that new bikini I bought for my summer holidays.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I want to stay young forever, of course I do. Who wouldn’t? But in lieu of that actually happening, looking young would be an acceptable alternative. Wait, what now? It’s a creepy painting? And, I’m out.

Make Room! Make Room!

Soylent Green? Yeah, that’s a type of plankton. I know because I read it in a book once. No, I never actually finished the book, but I think I had read enough to get the idea.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

What was it, their dad’s stash of dirty magazines? Their mum’s floral dresses from the 1970s? Dust and dirt? Because no one ever cleans the back of their wardrobe. Narnia? What’s Narnia when it’s at home? Nonsense.

The Catcher in the Rye

Nothing could go wrong. Absolutely nothing. I can’t read it though, just in case. But my fingers seem to be intent on doing their own thing. No, don’t click Play. I don’t want to see!

50 Shades of Grey

There is only one shade of grey. It’s gray. Oh, it’s about a man, named Christian Grey? How very unimaginative. And there are whips, and chains, and, nope, this is too much for me. I don’t visit those mucky websites. Any more.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

I have had a few negative thoughts about Big Brother myself. Because like all reality television, we know deep down inside that it’s pointless. Not that Big Brother, you say? Stupid clickbait, making me think it was about something important.

A Tale of Two Cities

Oh, I love these online quizzes. Am I the best of times or the worst of times? What a silly question. I should get my friends to answer for me, as they know me better than I even know myself. What two cities is it, by the way? I’m hoping for London and Paris.

The Old Man and the Sea

What? What did he catch? Herpes? Syphilis? Something not sexually transmitted? Oh, a giant fish, well isn’t that much duller than my suggestions. Who wrote this garbage anyway? In his byline he looks like my grandpa.

Life of Pi

It’s the tiger, obviously. No teenage boy would have the energy to fight one of those things, no matter how ravenous they might be. Wait, it was the boy? Well, there’s definitely something fishy about that tiger then.

Clickbait Needs to Die!

We’re not big fans of clickbait here at MakeUseOf. In fact, we have stood firm against the practice while the rest of the Internet has increasingly turned to the dark side 10 Sure Signs You've Fallen For Click Bait 10 Sure Signs You've Fallen For Click Bait With The Onion's new satirical publication, Clickhole, the social webs have finally taken a good look in the mirror. If you were unconscious to click bait, it's time you woke up. Read More . This is because we realize that while clickbait may get the sites that employ it tons of traffic, their readership will grow to hate them Upworthy Isn't As Awful As You May Think [Opinion] Upworthy Isn't As Awful As You May Think [Opinion] Upworthy has got a lot of hate as a "clickbaity", sensationalist website that is out to steal content and promote itself. Is it pure evil in Internet form or does it deserve some credit? Read More . We hope.

The one and only time clickbait is acceptable is when it’s being used ironically. As is the case here. And the #ClickBaitBooks hashtag should act as a reminder that clickbait is bad, m’kay. I’m just glad that most of the authors whose books are being treated in this way aren’t alive to witness the spectacle. Because if they were, they would promptly drop down dead.

Turn Your Favorite Book Into Clickbait!

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You have now seen what the Internet came up with when charged with turning the plots of books into clickbait headlines. So, now it’s over to you to do the same. If you need any ideas then check out our list of clickbait headlines guaranteed to annoy Buzzworthy: 5 Clickbait Headlines Guaranteed to Annoy [We Ask You Results] Buzzworthy: 5 Clickbait Headlines Guaranteed to Annoy [We Ask You Results] You may consider the headline of this article to be clickbait. But it isn't, honestly. Read More .

Show us what literary geniuses you all are by outdoing Twitter. Because although Twitter is a rather good idea 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More , we know MakeUseOf readers are a lot more intelligent and witty than the proles over on that silly little social networking site.

Image Credits: Hand pulling a book Via Shutterstock, Germán Poo-Caamaño, Benjamin Thompson. Both via Flickr.

  1. Kyle Mart
    April 8, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Click bait is a great thing. If you aren't interested then don't click. As long as the clickbait isn't misleading and provides entertainment then I say cool.

    If people don't like it, then they need to develop the self control to not click. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

    Clickbait is starting to make me money and I am really excited with the results thus far. A mutual benefit for everyone. People are entertained, I get money, and the corporate people do too.

    Woohoo.

    Speaking of clickbait. I've just now made an account called @Fun__Click where I only post interesting clickbait. Non of that sleepy stuff or nasty zit popping. Just good fun content.

  2. Robyn
    May 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Very amusing.

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