Paula considers the importance of novel titles.
I’ve been trying to decide on the title of my ‘work in
progress’ – and that has led me on to thoughts about titles, and about what
appeals to me or, perhaps more significantly, what doesn’t.
Personally, I never look twice at titles with certain words
in them – werewolf, zombie, vampire (sorry, Debra!), ghost, devil, and
haunting, for example. The paranormal genre simply doesn’t appeal to me at all.
I’m not a fan of regency novels, and titles containing duke,
lord, viscount, or earl tend to put me off, as do the female versions of these
titles. Rogues, rakes, pirates, and highwaymen don’t interest me either.
With modern romances, I tend to go for stories about ‘ordinary’
people, so I don’t even pick up titles with words like billionaire, tycoon, playboy,
sheikh, or prince (or princess) etc. I’m not keen on an emphasis on the hero’s
nationality either (e.g. The Italian’s Bride or The Greek’s Proposal), so Italian
playboys and Greek billionaires are doubly off-putting! And don’t even get me
started on ‘marriages of convenience’ or secret babies!
So what do I like?
If a book’s title attracts my interest, maybe with a title like ‘Home for
Christmas’ or ‘A Second Chance at Forever’, I might glance at the front cover
but far more important to me is the back cover blurb. That’s the ultimate deal
maker or breaker for me.
I’m not claiming my own titles are perfect, of course – but at
least none of them contain any of the words that put me off from buying a book!
Are there any book titles that put you off? Or specially