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Let’s talk about book Titles
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:00:10 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2019, 09:16:13 PM »
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Though at the same time I have to say that "A Princess of Mars" is probably one of the best titles ever. Because Mars is not just some random letters but a place we know. And we also know that there are no princesses on Mars, so it immediately gets attention. And then you start wondering in what weird setting there is a princess of Mars. You already have a strong hook and you don't know anything about the story yet. That's a whole marketing campaign just in the title.
Also, "a princess" sounds much more mysterious than "the princess".
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Re: Let’s talk about book Titles
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2019, 09:35:39 PM »
A good title should put a question in your head. That's why cryptic-sounding titles work so well, I think. Like Yoon Ha Lee's series: Ninefox Gambit, Raven Strategem, and Revenant Gun. They all make you wonder why that name is about. The answer is found within.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2019, 10:15:24 PM »
Well said, Magnus! A good title starts to create the world of the story right there on the cover, so it should offer a promise and a mystery and a hook.

As with so many things, specificity is good - a Princess of Mars is a great title because it creates a juxtaposition and a curiosity, as Yora noted. But so often with fantasy titles - "The Sword of Destiny" - all it tells you is that this is going to be a fantasy novel. It's got swords! It's got prophecy! Come along! And honestly, sometimes that's enough. But it's not really all that memorable.

I think YA fantasy does well with titling, really creating great atmosphere and mystery and wonder and sense of adventure, AND hitting their target audience dead on. Some of my favourites: "A Darkness Strange and Lovely", "The Girl from Everywhere", "The Wrath and the Dawn", "The Dream Thieves", "The Sin Eater's Daughter".

Offline Bender

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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2019, 10:21:44 PM »
I don't like simplistic titles like John Gwynne's Wrath, Ruin and such.

A good tile should be relatable AFTER you've read the book. I don't like too random enigmatic titles just for the sake.
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2019, 11:04:56 PM »
Why so serious?

I'll let you decide where it fits on the scale...

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Re: Let’s talk about book Titles
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2019, 01:02:36 AM »
J. V Jones The Book of Words always amused me. It's a book, decently sized, too. I'd kind of hope it would have words in it. I read a thing on her blog where she had a title she'd always used for it, and they wouldn't publish it with that (I think it was deemed to be too romantic), yet the best they could come up with was The Book of Words. Seriously? One of my favourites and most unwieldy ones, yet still great is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.
The Hobbit is also great. Short and to the point and when it came out I'd think that would make people pick it up just to find out exactly what a hobbit was and why someone had written a book about it.

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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2019, 06:24:08 AM »
I don't like ambigious or too general titles. I must immediately remember the book right after I hear the title. That's a good title.
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Re: Let’s talk about book Titles
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2019, 06:37:22 AM »
City of chairs:P
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2019, 06:38:46 AM »
City of chairs:P

Now that's a very good example since I'll never ever forget that :)
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2020, 02:01:29 AM »
I'd kept meaning to add to this thread and just got reminded when putting in a review for Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri on Goodreads and there's three of them and two Empires of Sand. And you know what, any title that has been used that many times and doesn't even sound iconic is just a bad title.

And to me, its the long and vague ones that annoy me. Demon Lord of Karanda has stuck with me, but it's also pretty lame. I love RJ Barker's books but Age of Assassins? King of Assassins? Come on man. I hear why people are ragging on the short ones, but at least they're short and meangingless and not long and meaningless. Although I like one word ones. Legend. Magician. They're iconic to me. Although my favourite one worder is Jingo.

I love the poetic and meaningful ones. Bridge of Birds. Winter Warriors. House of Binding Thorns.

But my absolute favourite ones are the ones in the Dresden Files because they have that meaning and they're funny.
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2020, 02:29:57 AM »
I've always felt a lot of the older Xanth books have great titles.  Dragon on a Pedestal, Golem in the Gears, Man from Mundania, Demons Don't Dream, and the very memorable Ogre, Ogre;D

All kidding aside though, The Source of Magic is a near perfect book title in my opinion.  It might as well be The Call of the Wild of fantasy.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is on the Mount Rushmore of fantasy titles as well. 
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Re: Let’s talk about book Titles
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2020, 08:12:00 AM »
I'd kept meaning to add to this thread and just got reminded when putting in a review for Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri on Goodreads and there's three of them and two Empires of Sand. And you know what, any title that has been used that many times and doesn't even sound iconic is just a bad title.

And to me, its the long and vague ones that annoy me. Demon Lord of Karanda has stuck with me, but it's also pretty lame. I love RJ Barker's books but Age of Assassins? King of Assassins? Come on man. I hear why people are ragging on the short ones, but at least they're short and meangingless and not long and meaningless. Although I like one word ones. Legend. Magician. They're iconic to me. Although my favourite one worder is Jingo.

I love the poetic and meaningful ones. Bridge of Birds. Winter Warriors. House of Binding Thorns.

But my absolute favourite ones are the ones in the Dresden Files because they have that meaning and they're funny.
And the Dresdens are all 2 words.
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