Hi there! So, this is the first week of the “Book Discussion” thingymajig. Who knows how this is going to turn out?! I might readjust this over the coming weeks, but hopefully it’ll be something you guys enjoy. As aforementioned in the title, the aim of this blog post is to be a discussion; so, please, feel free to say your opinion on the topic in the comments below!
So, titles. Every book has one. The question is… how important to you are they?
Sometimes, titles are the things which sells the book for me, such as Journey to the River Sea, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender or The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think they’re intriguing, and that’s what makes me pick them up and start reading them. I think that a title has to give the reader enough of, “Hey, look at me, look how different I am!” for them to pick it up.
Other times, however, titles are not as great and perhaps it’s the premise or cover which makes you pick up the book. I just saw a book on my GoodReads home screen called Hungry. Am I going to read a book called that? No, probably not. But the COVER was a different question… although I don’t always get the opportunity to see that (and covers are a topic for another day).
Final word on titles: ambiguous titles or titles deriving from or are quotes. Example: The Fault in Our Stars. This was never explained in the book and no one really knew what it mean until one fan worked out the star sign thing. I think, personally, titles should be relatively easy to understand (although I do like the poeticness of this one). Ambiguity can be used in a brilliantly ironic way, or in a way which leaves it up to the reader and what they take away from the work… which can work in the book’s favour! Example 2: Don’t Even Think About It. This related to the book perfectly and if you read the book, it’s quite funny. This works well with the book and complements it. And it’s funny. So, big tick here. But if a quote was too long or didn’t work with the book? NOPE.
What do you think about titles? Are they important to you?
Scenario: you have to pick a book from just the title. What type of title to you pick? (Plus points if you give an example, either from a real book or one you invented!)