Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Books I'd Give Different Titles To
I don't think we have to worry about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. With 6,148,248 ratings on Goodreads, I am sure we can all feel confident that J.K. Rowling did a good job with the book's title.
But what about other books that have not received quite so many reviews on Goodreads? What about Aftermath (3 reviews) by Suzanne Morris? Could it be that the title Aftermath was too bland?
Sometimes book titles are just too short. What about Water (15 reviews) by Carol Lawrence? It's a nonfiction book for children...about...well, water. Not an exciting title, Carol. I think you could have come up with something a bit more intriguing.
Paris (29 reviews) by Heather Reyes? Really? Just Paris?
Dinosaur (18 reviews) by Stephanie Stansbie? C'mon, people, if you can write an entire book about a subject then you can think of a title that is more than just one word.
Sometimes titles just don't sound interesting. Mrs. Noah's Vegetable Ark (20 reviews) by Elena Pasquali? Do you really want to read a book about that?
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way (3 reviews) by David Racine? No, I don't think so.
Signal to Noise (7 reviews) by Clara Sinclair? What is that about?
Darkness Falls (8 reviews) by John M. DelVechio?
The Expectations of Light (12 reviews) by Pattianne Rogers? You are a wonderful poet, Pattianne Rogers. Couldn't you have come up with a better title than that?
Sometimes you know it isn't the title. What title could be more intriguing than Rhonda the Rubber Woman (3 reviews) and yet it only has had three reviews? And If She Weren't My Best Friend, I'd Kill Her (13 reviews)? Sometimes it's pretty obvious that a good title can't help a poor book.
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