Do you judge a book by its title?
Finding the perfect title - that elusive single word or phrase which will encompass the tone of a story while grasping potential readers’ attention… yeah, it doesn’t happen for me as a writer. I’m uber-awful at creating names for my books. Mine always end up changing. I’ll make an entire list of possible titles and show it to my friends, only to discover they ALL pretty much suck. Perhaps I am too long winded to create titles? Maybe I should throw a bunch of alluring words into a hat and just pull one out, then devise a way to insert that word into the book. Because, really, I’m certain that’s what some authors and publishers must do.
Is it just me, or are there a lot of books these days with cool titles that have nothing to do with the story? One-word titles are all the rage. For example, I always wondered how Twilight got its name. It’s a kick-butt title, much better than her original choice of Forks, but it doesn’t relate to the story at all, for me. And does it really matter? Is it enough to have a catchy title to draw readers, even if it doesn’t relay anything about the narrative? Do you get peeved, or could you not care less?
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