Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is about titles that I would change, but I’m terrible at titles. I’ve been writing for 11 years now and still I have the hardest time coming up with titles, so instead I’m just going to talk about titles that I think don’t work for a book or that are just plain terrible. Today I only did five examples because I’m tired and have homework to do. Still hope you enjoy my mini rant.
1. The Prince by Kiera Cass
The “Something” titles are annoying to me because they feel lazy. You read the synopsis and say obviously this book is about a prince, why doesn’t the title tell me something new?
2. The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Titles like this are trying to hard to be cool. Other titles like this are trying too hard to be cutesy. Either way, “The Something Something Something” is boring. Honestly just making the title “Monkey Wrench Gang” is better.
3. Endurance by Anne Aguirre
One word action titles are also annoying to me because they seem lazy. What does this tell me about the book? Practically nothing. It’s just a fancy word that’s supposed to catch your eye. I mean it caught my eye but my eyes were rolling so does that count?
4. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
UGH. All of the one word, or couple word titles for the early 2000’s paranormal books were shit. I mean is “Paranormalcy” even a goddamn word? Please make it stop before my eyes bleed.
5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
I’ve complained about titles that don’t tell me enough, now here’s the opposite. This title tells me too much. See why I think coming up with titles is the worst? I’m incredibly picky.
It’s worth noting that bad titles won’t turn me away from a book, but a bad title is still a bad title. What makes a bad title in your opinion?