When you are drunk at the party, smallest things can spark a bout of conversation among you and your friends. Although you might be tempted to draw crude objects on your friends while they are passed out on the couch, there are better things to occupy your time with than that. Surely, as a college student, you must want to be an intellectual at all times. Being drunk is no excuse.
You want to play ping pong ball or dance until you are weak at your knees; that is fine by us. But there is an alternative, a rather fun one. Have an impromptu book club meeting when you are drunk. If you are shaking your head and already discounting the idea, just hear us out. Book clubs are boring, we know, but drunken book clubs are anything but that! When you are drunk, everything is funnier and you might even discover something about cult classical books, which your sober brain wouldn’t really comprehend.
So what are you waiting for? The next time you are at the party, pull out this amazing list of books and let the fun begin!
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Like there is an easier option, huh. The best strategy to discuss is to cite a random quote and then try to decipher what the author was really trying to say. You might even quote it.
“A knyght ther was, and that a worthy man,
That fro the tyme that he first bigan
To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie.”
After a while, you will begin to realize that Chaucer was a pervert and that this “classic” is severely over-rated and most of the time you will be like.
Ulysses by James Joyce
Have a hot discussion with your friends. Ulysses is like a drunken friend, who is not much of a conversationalist. He usually just stays hidden behind a lamp, and mumbles incoherently when asked a direct question.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The story is about a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, who woke up one day to find himself metamorphosed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. Need we say more? A giant insect, existential crisis and an overall pointless plot is a perfect recipe for a conversation at the party.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
There are three narrators who periodically have a stream of consciousness and you might feel like you will lose yours when you read it. If you want to find out if you like Faulkner, go and buy a 1000 piece puzzle and after leaving half of the pieces inside the box, try and construct the puzzle by using the remaining pieces. Yes, reading this book is that hard! But discussing it is rather fun.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The main character can communicate with cats and he works as a finder of lost cats … well, you get the idea. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, we don’t know what will. Because cats are like the best conversation topic, ever (coming second only to puppies).
These books have story lines and plots that are more messed up than the playdate bedroom of a 5 year old, which makes them perfect topics of conversations the next time you are at the party.