Trivia / To Kill a Mockingbird

The original novel:

  • Completely Different Title: "Alabama Story" in Japan, "The Darkness Beyond the Hedge" in Italy, "The Sun Rises For Everyone" in Brazil.
  • Fan Nickname: Tequila Mockingbird - which is how the title is pronounced if said with a Southern Drawl. It has even been defictionalized - a bar in Virginia offers it as a drink.
  • Follow the Leader: The book Wish You Well by David Baldacci seems just a little too similar to this one.
  • Referenced by...: The film is Comic Book/Superman's favorite movie.
    • In the The Simpsons episode Diatribe of a Mad Housewife, Homer expresses disappointment with the book, stating that it only taught him racial tolerance instead of how to kill mockingbirds.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally Harper Lee wrote a book called Go Set a Watchman about an adult Scout coming to terms with life in the South as the Civil Rights Movement begins to pick steam. However, her publisher/editor was more intrigued by the childhood flashbacks and asked her to rewrite the book based on those scenes, which became To Kill a Mockingbird. Decades later, the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman was rediscovered and published.
  • Write Who You Know: Scout was based on Harper Lee's childhood, Atticus on her lawyer father, Jem on her four-year older brother, and Dill on her childhood friend Truman Capote. Boo Radley was based on one of her neighbors (Alfred "Son" Boleware, who was put under house arrest by his father well into adulthood after a teenage vandalism incident), and Tom Robinson was the amalgam of several cases. Ultimately everyone in the book is based off of someone from Lee's childhood. The townspeople were not amused. However, the book was Vindicated by History in Monroeville (Lee's hometown). They perform a stage version of it every year with Audience Participation for the courtroom scene: the audience is segregated as they were in the courtroom, and twelve men from the crowd are selected as the jury.
  • Woolseyism: The Italian title of the book and movie is 'Il Buio Oltre La Siepe', 'The Darkness Beyond The Hedge', which is a pretty poetic description of the main theme of both works; not just racism, but also fear of the unknown, whatever is in that darkness that is just beyond the hedge that borders the world we do know, like Boo Radley.

The 1962 film adaptation: