On the Guardian’s books blog, I came across this enjoyable literary parlour game. With the marketing side of publishing being what it is, the game asks you to come up with your own titles/subtitles that might tease, tempt, and force many many readers into buying the book and turning it into a bestseller. For example, someone playing th game has suggested that The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire would now be called Christ Almighty! Why Rome fell, and how we can stop it happening to us. This is the website on which the game originated.
Look at some of the suggestions here.
I’ll start off with the Mahabharata. Today, it is likely to be called Family Matters: Why gambling led to catastrophe, and how to stop it happening to us.