Thursday, February 20, 2014
Trending Thursday: Sound-a-Like Contemporary Titles
Welcome to this week's installment of Trending Thursday, a weekly post in which I trendspot and we discuss. Cover trends, character name trends, premise trends, blogging trends -- anything goes!
Today's post is about titles. Recently I reviewed a book I enjoyed, but when I sat down to write the review ... I couldn't remember the title. I knew that it had a bunch of pronouns and prepositions. Was t You Without Me? Me After You? What was the name of that book?
This title suffered from a very common syndrome: VTS (Vague Title Syndrome.)
VTS seems to be an epidemic in contemporary fiction, which is one of my favorite genres. I'm not picking on ANY of these titles in and of themselves. But after a while, many of them start to sound alike...
First, the You and Me Titles:
Between You and Me -- yes, there are two!
Then there are the Lost and Found Titles
Next, the IF Titles:
Not all contemporaries have vague titles. Here are some that I love. Why? They're specific. No pronouns. They give me an idea of what to expect ... or make me curious.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
What a great title -- evocative and descriptive...
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
I love a title that makes me ask: why?
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Another title that makes me ask questions. Where? Why?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
An early book by Jennifer E. Smith, You Are Here, had a case of VCTS. But her more recent books have great titles. Yes, they are long, and I usually end up abbreviating them to stuff like SPoLaFS, but I think they're catchy!
The Chapel Wars
by Lindsey Leavitt
Here's a title I love from an upcoming book -- and I adore the cover too.
As I point out in comments, many genres have sound-a-like title issues. What about all the one-word dystopian titles? Hmmm... idea for another post. What are your thoughts about titles? Tell me in comments :)
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