Is your new year off to a good start? With a healthy breakfast? (If not, it doesn’t bode well for that "eat better" resolution you made after a couple of beers on New Year’s Eve.)
Gareth and I are big cereal eaters, for convenience sake, more than anything else. Perhaps that’s why CEREAL (of all things) came to mind for me when Gareth and I were having a recent conversation about how he could best merchandise his graphic novels (both current and future). Imagine the fun of pouring yourself a bowl of Odyssey-O’s every morning! I’m picturing little sticks of bran fused together to resemble wooden rafts with marshmallow sea monsters added to the mix. Yummm… classic goodness.
Apart from Count Chocula, which presumably owes its inspiration to Dracula, I can’t think of any cereals with names derived from classic books. This despite the fact that the word "cereal" owes its origins to Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain, which suggests to me that the classics really should have a place in the cereal aisle.
With that in mind, Gareth and I tried to come up a list of bookish breakfast cereal names, only to find this task SURPRISINGLY difficult. But ridiculously fun.
Here’s the complete list of what we came up with:
A Raisin in the Sun Bran
Bran of Green Gables
As You Like ‘Ems
O Cap’n My Cap’n Crunch
But after that short list we ran out of ideas, which is why I am turning to all of YOU! You, YOU clever people have more great cereal suggestions, don’t you? You are DYING to coin the names of some bookish breakfast cereals! I can tell! So, please do so. Give us all a good laugh to start off the new year.
AND… because good, really commercial, sugar-filled cereal boxes often include prizes, I’m going to offer a sort of "prize" here too, which will hopefully make you all the more inclined to participate in this exercise. Gareth and I will, together, design and do a drawing of the cereal box for the suggestion that we like the best. I’ll post that drawing here and credit you with the name of the cereal, and everyone will get yet another hearty laugh out of this ridiculous exercise. (We hope!)
If you need some cereal names to refer to for inspiration check out the very lengthy list (with photos of cereal boxes) on theimaginaryworld.com. If you need book titles to work from, peruse the selections in "Fiction, Youth and Adults" at classicbooks.com.
Now get cracking. Or crackling. Or snapping and popping.