Maybe I should start by telling you what I
want need from a title. Shall we begin? :)
- It must be interesting! The cover and the title are the two things I will notice first in a book. I don’t wanna judge by the cover, but honestly, if it doesn’t interest me in the slightest, I will probably not even read the description (unless I’ve heard good stuff about it).
- Please be original. There are thousands of titles out there that are basically the same. I know it’s difficult since there are a lot of books written all the time, but please.
- I really want the title to somehow connect with the actual book. I love the moment when you get this “Aha!” feeling :).
Three kind of simple things I ask of the writers. Actually, the one I really, really want, is the third one. If you succeed with that one, the other two usually tag along :).
So, favourite titles….you see, it’s not very often I don’t like the title of a book I’m reading. After all, it has succeeded in capturing my attention since I picked it up and read it. #1, check! ;)
I think I can pick out 10 titles that are the most memorable to me though. #2, check!
- The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
- The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- Divergent, by Veronica Roth
- Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake
- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
- The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness
- Blood Red Road, by Moira Young
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
All of these titles have a strong connection to the contents of their respective books. #3, check :D.
These ten, fine titles I just shared with you, met all of my three demands. They are interesting, memorable, and actually makes sense. Yay! :D
They also kind of fulfill another, small requirement that, when not met, annoys me. They don’t trick the reader into believing they’re something they’re not. I hate it when the title of a book makes it seem like a romance driven novel, when it’s actually not a lot of romance at all, just because it sells. It’s not just unfair to the person who expected romance, but also to the person who didn’t read it and missed out on a book they would have loved, simply because they thought it was just another romance novel.
Well, now you know some of my favourite titles and what I like in a title :)