(I originally posted this on The Book Stacks (the book review blog I used to write for) back in June of 2007, but it’s funny, so I thought that y’all might enjoy it too. Also? I totally thought I’d posted this here already. Sorry.)
I know that you’re asking yourself: King Elvis and the Alien Space Ducks?!? What do they have to do with books? Well, let me tell you a wee story, and all will become clear.
Once upon a time, I was a Young Adult Librarian in Vacaville, California. During my five and a half year tenure, I designed, helped with, and ran many different kinds of library programs. One of these programs was the Teen Book Club. We read our way through many different books over the years (mostly Fantasy, though, because frankly we liked Fantasy.) Now, after the Teen Book Club had been going on for a while we realized that we had a little problem. Our members were incredibly busy folks. Sometimes they couldn’t quite make it all of the way through the book before it was time for the Book Club meeting to begin. And sometimes those folks didn’t want the ending spoiled for them. I mean, they still wanted to come to Book Club to talk about the parts of the book that they had read, eat cookies, and socialize. What were we to do?
Well, one night we began to invent crazy endings for the books that they had obviously missed by not finishing in time. I believe that it was Mike who originally suggested that Elvis appeared just in time to save the day. Well, over time Elvis became “King Elvis.” (Because Elvis is King, you know?) Not long afterward, Elvis acquired some helper ducks. Wouldn’t you know it? Those ducks turned out to be aliens! That’s right, Alien Space Ducks! Before long we started discussing where Elvis and his friends could be located in each book we were reading. How did Over Sea, Under Stone end? King Elvis and The Alien Space Ducks swooped in with their space ship and defeated the bad guys, of course! I’m sure that you realize King Elvis and The Alien Space Ducks defeat Voldemort at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book wasn’t even out yet, and we knew that.
For the last Christmas before I left the job, I gave my Book Club crew each one “Alien Space Duck” (Devil Duckies from Archie McPhee were the closest I could get). Too bad I never got an Elvis figurine. That would have been epic.
So, if I’m ever discussing a book and I don’t want to give away particular plot points (or…the ending) you know what to expect.
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