So there's nothing stopping me from writing a book involving that loveable scamp. Tom Sawyer too. I'd imagine that everyone in the book is public domain from Widow Douglas to Nigga Jim.
Of course, the difficulty with Huckleberry Finn is you have to do the dialect and I don't know what a 19th century Missouri dialect was like. Plus, you have to write about 19th century shit. Easy for 19th century Mark Twain, less easy for 20th century Baron of Culture.
I suppose there's always time travel but would the character still be true to himself as a straw-chewing raggamuffin trying to navigate a world of cellular phones and whatnot?
There's also all of the Wizard of Oz characters. I knew about that already, though. There have been loads of Wizard of Oz books written thanks to the public domain nature of the characters, some even being given cannon status by whoever decides Wizard of Oz cannon.
Alice in Wonderland as well. Odd that nobody is writing Alice in Wonderland shit, as far as I know. Or films. I suppose there have been some recent Alice in Wonderland films, actually.
Peter Pan as well but he sucks.
There's a list of real people. How can they possibly be public domain? You can write a fictional book about Al Capone and there's nothing that the Al Capone estate can do about it? I find that hard to believe. Well, I don't know. There have been films about him and I doubt the family got any money.
You can do a lazy later years of Scooby Doo thing where you just take two characters and have them meet. For example, Scooby Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters or Scooby Doo Meets the Three Stooges or whoever.
So like Huckleberry Finn meets Anne of Green Gables. Is she as old as that, though? No. Set in the late 19th century. Huckleberry Finn is set in the early 19th century.
I suppose Swiss Family Robinson is pretty close to when Huckleberry Finn is set. But that sucks. Plus, I'd have to read the book.
Let me think of books I've actually read and to hell with public domain. The Call of the Wild. It's all dogs, though. Isn't it? White Fang is another one. Oh, and White Fang is on this list. It's set in the early 20th century, though. And it's just a dog.
Of Mice and Men. No, way too recent. Grapes of Wrath...same deal.
I think I'm out of books. I also read a Star Trek book in the 8th grade but I don't remember anything about it.
I did a book report on that Star Trek book. We had to make a cover. I did my cover using cut out bits of construction paper. This was way before South Park. But I recreated the actual book's cover, which had a picture of Kirk and Spock on it. It was really good and the teacher said as much but we never got those book reports back. The teacher kept them. My friend even asked if we would be getting them back because he thought that he did a good job with his cover too but the teacher said no.
Why would she keep them? She's keeping 60 book reports? To what end? Does she think somebody is going to become a successful artist and she can cash in some day by selling the book report?
Even if we did get them back, my mother would have long since thrown it out. Still, it's weird.
I found the book. It was the novelisation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
On the one hand, it would have been better if I was reading some more classical literature. On the other hand, it's good that the teacher didn't mind. It's good to encourage people to read even if it's crap like the novelisation of some shitty Star Trek movie.
I suppose Oliver Twist takes place in about the same time as Huckleberry Finn. There might be something there. Replace that pussy Oliver Twist with badass Huckleberry Finn. He'd powerbomb that Jew Fagin's ass. Is there also a prostitute in the story? I might be on to something here.