How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:
__________ would have been a much better book if ______________________.
I can’t limit this to just one book.
The Brothers Karamazov would have been a much better book if Dostoyevsky hadn’t been such a pessimist. Of course it wouldn’t have been so powerful and intense but it would have been a lot happier and more joyful.
War and Peace would have been a much better book if it weren’t so long. Tolstoy could have reduced the battle scenes, or better still left them out all together.
Ulysses would have been a much better book if Joyce could have organised his sentences so that they read coherently, instead of being a stream of consciousness monologue. (I shouldn’t really comment, as I haven’t read the book!)
This is of course written with tongue in cheek. I love The Brothers K, even though they have such long names and it took me ages to read it and War and Peace is one of my favourite books - I wish I'd could have written it! Ulysses is still a closed book.