Daria Morgendorffer’s Reading List

Deep Dark Secret Dept: Once upon a time this TVWriter™ minion’s favorite TV series was MTV’s animated DARIA. So when we ran across this sign of another human whose life has been totally shattered altered by Daria’s dark but hilarious vision, we had to get it out to you, pronto:

Daria readsfound at Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

“Okay, look, I’m not going to rewrite this paper for you, but I will give you a couple of tips that will help you rewrite it. First, the book title Sons and Lovers does not have an apostrophe in it . . . anywhere. Second, unless your ex-boyfriend is an authority on D.H. Lawrence, don’t base your thesis on something he said while making out.” – Daria Morgendorffer

Much-loved animated sitcom Daria screened on MTV in the United States for five seasons, beginning in March 1997. A spin-off from Mike Judge’s hugely successful Beavis and Butt-head, the series centred on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, disaffected teenager with a caustic wit.

While Daria’s favourite TV show, Sick Sad World, featured heavily throughout the series, the show was also filled with literary references. Here are 57 books that Daria read or that were mentioned during the episodes, with links to free eBook editions where available in parentheses. As DariaWiki puts it, “If it’s old, morbid, or esoteric, Daria will read the hell out of it.”

  1. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Gutenberg)
  3. City of Glass by Paul Auster
  4. Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  7. The Red Badge of Courage by by Stephen Crane (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  8. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
  9. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Gutenberg)
  11. The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Gutenberg / Kindle)

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