People in my life know that I’m a book blogger and that I’m obsessed with books so I’ll often be asked what am I reading. And it’s met with a blank look and me frantically trying to pull the name of my current book to the front of my brain. Usually without success and I have to pull out my phone and check with Goodreads to see just what the name of that book is!
Does this happen to anyone else? I blame my book title amnesia on a few things.
– I don’t really care about book titles. Book covers are a different matter, I love swooning over pretties but titles just don’t really register with me.
– Titles often don’t make sense before you read a book. I do love that a-ha moment during a book when you realise just where the name came from. But up to that moment, I’m just a bit indifferent.
– Lots of books have titles that are similiar sounding or even exactly the same so it never seems unique to me.
– I would buy a book with a NON catchy title if I like the cover, the synopsis or am a fan of the author. I would never buy a book just because I like the title.
The original title for Gone with the Wind was going to be Tomorrow is Another Day and I honestly don’t think the name would have made any difference to the success of the book. If a book is going to make it and stirs up lots of hype, I don’t think the book title will break that success cycle.
Now I do think that a catchy title is part of the overall package and it should hook you and raise your curiousity. But it is far from the be all and end all for me. I will admit certain words in a title (like dance!) will always catch my attention and make me turn a book over and read a blurb but apart from that the word that stirs up my feels on book titles is indifference.
Bookish Chat? Do book titles matter to you? Do you think a book title can make or break a book?