Fictional names of fictional works in fiction

Do you like Peanuts? Not the legume but the comic strip by Charles Schultz.

I loved Peanuts when I was a kid and still do. I had a big stack of the paperbacks from the 60s that my grandmother gave me. I also always ordered the latest one every time my elementary school teacher passed around the order sheet for paperbacks.

One of my favorite story lines in the comic strip was about Snoopy’s unrequited love for Miss Helen Sweetstory, author of the Bunny Wunnies series of books.

Miss Sweetstory shows up (always off camera, of course) several times over the years. At one point Snoopy decides to write her unauthorized biography before abandoning the project in favor of chasing the Red Baron.

There’s a delightful topical humor in several of the titles:

  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Pony Cart
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Go to Long Beach
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Make Cookies
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Join an Encounter Group
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their XK-E
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Water Bed
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Layover in Anderson, Indiana
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and the Female Veterinarian
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Freak Out
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Visit Plains, Georgia

By the way, I would seriously watch the ABC Movie Of The Week production of The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Layover in Anderson, Indiana!

I also get a big kick out of the fictional movie titles in the TV show Seinfeld:

  • Rochelle, Rochelle
  • Prognosis Negative
  • Sack Lunch
  • Chunnel
  • Blimp: The Hindenburg Story
  • CheckMate

By the way, I would seriously watch the Lifetime movie production of Blimp: The Hindenburg Story!

Rochelle, Rochelle (A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk…) comes to life when we get to see Better Midler (star of the Broadway version of the movie) sing a bit from the show:

In The Unexpected Heiress, we find out that Taylor Wells (handsome leading man) and Rhonda Darling (his beautiful co-star) are filming the all-singing, all-dancing M-G-M blockbuster extravaganza It Was Raining Then.

We don’t get many details about this movie in The Unexpected Heiress or The Amorous Attorney other than M-G-M has put a lot of money into the production and they expect big things from the production.

The name came to me as a blend of two titles: Singin’ In The Rain (the 1952 all-singing, all-dancing M-G-M blockbuster starring Gene Kelley, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds) and It’s Raining Men (the 1984 disco classic originally performed by The Weather Girls: Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash).

Space does not allow for a deep psychological explanation of why I would mix the two other than, in my mind, I also saw this scene from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (the 1953 all-singing, all-dancing 20th Century Fox blockbuster starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell):

What’s your favorite fictional name of a piece of fiction in a work of fiction?

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