Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 01:15 pm: |
I've just blogged about book titles and made a list of my top ten titles ever.
The blog entry can be found here:
I don't like simple titles: I prefer intricate, lyrical, clever titles. Anyway...
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 02:46 pm: |
Agreed, Rhys, a good title draws me in as a reader - it makes me want to read the book (or short story, as I tend to go for those).
Current favourites sitting here on my shelf in front of me are:
"Never Trust a Rabbit" - Jeremy Dyson
"Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical" - Rob Shearman
I'm sure there are many others I could think of, but I'm dashing off to do something right now ...
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 07:46 am: |
Some of my best-loved titles are from giallos:
The House with Laughing Windows
All the Colours of the Dark
Seven Notes in Black
What Have You Done to Solange?
Even if the films aren't always as good as their titles, they always intrigue me enough to want to see them.
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 09:28 am: |
The House of Canted Steps (though I haven't read it)
Hello Summer, Goodbye
The Fruit Stoners
Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
Monitored Dreams & Strategic Cremations -- 1: "The Bisquit Position" and 2: "The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:09 am: |
To me, a title & the cover design mainly serve for the prospective reader in a bookshop to pick up the book amongst countless others that are demanding your attention.
In this context, a very effective title is Reggie Oliver's "The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler". Often I have friends who are browsing my bookcases and utter "What the .... is that" when they encounter that one, and they always want to find out more.
Other titles that I liked were:
- Invitation for a beheading (an interesting early Nabokov)
- Gangrene (Belgian modern classic)
- Leonardo's Judas (Leo Perutz... check him out)
- Death and the Penguin
- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
- The Discovery of Heaven (Dutch modern classic)
Karim Ghahwagi (Karim)
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:13 am: |
some favourite titles:
The Hollow Chocolate Bunies of the Apocalypse
Nostradamus Ate My Hampster
The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
If You Could See Me Now
The Face That Must Die
The Restaurant At the End Of The Universe
The Collector Collector
John Dies At the End
Good To Be God
The Atrocity Exhibition
The Great And Secret Show
Her Fearful Symmetry
The Wavering knife
The Fortress of Solitude
How Spoiler's Bleed
Sunset with a Beard
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:54 pm: |
I'm rubbish with titles and tend to use one word (with 'The' in front of it).
I love titles that begin with 'The Man' and 'The House' but there's so many now. Also I actually think just hearing the title The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child got me into art and writing in one fell swoop (sad story; it got read to us at school - I was new to the school and the whole class knew and loved the book, had had it read to them before. When the teacher offered to read it to them all again the classroom exploded with excitement. What a reaction for a book to have...).
Ian Fleming gave great title.
BTW - as a request for advice, which title is better, The Secret Sea or Dissolution House?
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:55 pm: |
Oh, and stories/books that begin with 'The Girl' or 'The Boy' are up there with 'Man' and 'House.'
John Llewellyn Probert (John_l_probert)
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 01:19 pm: |
Some rubbish movie titles include:
Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe & Find True Happiness?
30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia
The Last Airbender
Although if they've stuck in my head have they in fact achieved their purpose?
And would Jack Vance's Servants of the Wankh have achieved such a degree of chuckling publicity at UK SF conventions if it had been called something else?