Today’s prompt is to share “a fictional book.” Meaning, of course, a book that only exists in fiction. Yes, I hear you groaning now. “Eeeeeriiiiik,” (that being the sing-song inflection that people take when chiding me), “Eeeeeriiiik, the author of the meme clearly intended you to name a work of fiction. Why must you take these things so literally? Why can’t you just do what she meant?”
Why? Well, for one, it clearly says fictional, and for two, I think that my interpretation is more interesting than yours. So there. And as long as I’m not following instructions by following the instructions exactly, I’m also going to answer by way of making a top five list. I mean, the instructions don’t say not to, do they? No, they don’t. So there, again, a second time.
Top Five Books Within Books (…or Movies)
- Handbook for the Recently Deceased
- In the movie Beetle Juice, this book was provided to the ghosts of the recently deceased Adam and Barbara. Though it read like stereo instructions, it contained many secrets that mortals were not meant to know. A sister publication, The Living and The Dead: Harmonious Lifestyles and Peaceful Coexistence, can be furnished to mortals upon request.
- The Book of Counted Shadows
- In the fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, the Book of Counted Shadows was an instruction manual for using the boxes of Orden, a powerful magical artifact.
- The Necronomicon
- In the Evil Dead films, the Necronomicon is an encyclopedia of demon lore and a cause of great trouble. The scary demonic face on the cover is a finger nibbler, but the book can be handled safely if the words “Klaatu barada nikto” are spoken to it.
- The Hyperion Cantos
- In the science-fiction series Hyperion, the Hyperion Cantos is an epic poem, penned by bestselling author Martin Silenus. Or is it? Silenus seems to be most productive on the poem only when on the planet Hyperion, and only when a fearsome being called the Shrike is collecting its victims.
- Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
- In the series of the same name, the Hitchhiker’s Guide is an invaluable resource for any Galactic traveler. It is something like a galactic Wikipedia, maintained by editors whose main concern is taking ever longer lunch breaks. Although it, as a result, has many omissions, and contains much that is apocryphal (or at least wildly inaccurate), it has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge.