12 Scratch & Sniff Versions Of Famous Novels
Sometimes I have stupid ideas, like the time I tried to hit a pitching wedge shot over my parents’ house and put a golf ball through the kitchen window.
I was much younger then. But, even in my old age, I still have stupid ideas. Take today’s post, for instance.
What if some of the most famous novels of all-time, some of which could even be considered “classics,” were transformed into scratch and sniff books—those colorful, fragrant works of artistic genius?
So I dug deep into the weird recesses of my mind and came up with some examples of novels that could work well as scratch and sniffs. Get your noses ready.
Animal Farm: This one seems self-explanatory. It’s a farm. With animals. Look I know Orwell meant Animal Farm to be an indictment of corrupt government, but the scratch and sniff version of the novel would be about one thing: poop.
Infinite Jest: Think of a boys locker room at a tennis academy. Musty, stale air with a vague scent of sewage. You could scratch the “skin” of one of the tennis players and be treated to the aroma of lemon pledge!
Blood Meridian: Savage, barbaric men kill puppies and scalp Indians while roaming through the desert. I’m thinking The Judge might smell like a combination of body odor, dried blood, and canned beans. Scratch if you dare.
Revolutionary Road: With the Revolutionary Road Scratch & Sniff Novel, you can scratch Frank Wheeler’s face and you’ll be treated to the powerful fragrance of self-hate, narcissism, and despair!
Wide Sargasso Sea: If you’ve ever been to the Caribbean, you know the smell of that crisp, clean ocean air. Scratch the ocean and imagine yourself bathing in crystal clear water while a voodoo doctor plots your death in a nearby hut.
Rabbit, Run: Rabbit Angstrom is an awful human being, as depicted in this first novel in John Updike’s Rabbit trilogy. I imagine Rabbit would smell like a combination of Old Spice, old basketball socks, and cheap beer.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: Oh, this could be brilliant. Scratch the wardrobe to reveal a soft scent of cedar. Inside Narnia, you’ll smell fluffy snow and the flowery, shampooed hair of the “daughter of Eve.”
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: No comment.
Deliverance: Does “redneck” have a smell? As for that one scene—you know the one—I won’t even go there. I wouldn’t want to scratch or smell that.
The Lord Of The Rings: Scratch Mordor and smell hot lava and fiery flames. Scratch Frodo’s feet and smell the pungent odor of hairy hobbit feet. Scratch Gollum and smell old, worn flesh and bad breath. I think a scratch and sniff version of The Lord of The Rings could ignite your senses like never before.
The Old Man and the Sea: This one seems obvious. It’s an old man. And it’s the sea. Both have distinct smells. But I think this scratch and sniff book could have a few hidden treasures, like a pair of Hemingway’s boxers (scratch them!) floating in the sea.
Lord of the Flies: Ever smelled a decapitated pig’s head? Here’s your chance! I’m not sure what the scratch and sniff version of this book would smell like, but I bet it wouldn’t be delicious applewood bacon.
This post could very well be one big, fat flop, but humor me for a few minutes.
What are some other novels that could work well as a scratch and sniff book?