8 Recipes to Make Classic Books

Some of us writers often wonder what it takes to create a successful novel. We draw inspiration from other authors and their works as well as real life experiences. If you’re attempting to write a book, think of it as a recipe. You’ll need certain “ingredients” in your book to make it a hit. Here are 8 novels and the ingredients that made it happen! 


1) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1 bucket of money

2 oz of smugness 

3 teaspoons of hatred

4 cups of wine (red or white, depending on your preference)

2 tablespoons of betrayal

1/4 cup of jealousy 

Sprinkles of tears and blood  


2) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1 large plane

1 deserted island

A pack of boys  

3 3/4 cups of adolescence 

5 oz of a murderous nature 

3 teaspoons of savagery  

1 tablespoon of crying and screaming

1 rock

3 spears

4 oz of killing 

1 large rotten pig


3) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 

1 ring to rule them all

3 oz of obsession

5 cups of evil

5 pairs of hairy feet

1 wizard

Generous amounts of death


4) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

1 adopted child

1 oz of childhood love

3 cups of class distinction

2 teaspoons of betrayal 

1 death

1 soul, lightly beaten

1 bucket of tears

A lifetime of torment

1 tablespoon of weirdness

Endless years of haunting


5) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

1 croissant

1 can of English baked beans

A ton of revolutionary spirit

An array of bullets

Some infatuation

A pinch of revenge


6) Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

8 cups of desire for power

1 lady

3 witches

1 blood sausage

1 cup of blood


7) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

2 men

1 farm

A group of puppies

Some dead puppies

1 lady

1 dead lady

1 gun

1 dead guy


8) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 

1 field of rye

6 cups of black coffee

1 dingy hotel room

1 angsty teen

A heaping spoonful of sarcasm

Stirred inside Central Park




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