Monday, June 18, 2012

The Cryptic and Creepy Title of Mystery

The Raven Boys
I noticed a lot of the good books I've read lately have really, really long titles- with acronym aliases.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns - GoFT
Daughter of Smoke and Bone - DoSB
The Masque of the Red Death (<3, )  -MoRD
For Darkness Shows the Stars - FDSS
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - UMD
The Knife of Never Letting Go - KoNLG

I could go on. All the cool kids are doing it.

Maybe my titles need some embellishment? Let's see.

Burnt Amber could be The Amber of Burntness ess ess


Mist of Kavala could be- I guess I'm sort of guilty with this title, unless I want to add a Grey maybe- but there are too many Greys on the market these days. *ahem*

At the very least, I've noticed there's a "The" in just as interesting titles, as in The (insert mysterious nouns here).

Example of a great title with The:

The Raven Boys  TRB?

...which is on my TBR for this fall, or as soon as I can get my hands on a legal copy. Just look at that gorgeous cover! And the amazing trailer!

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

So, now that you're all excited by Maggie Steifvater's awesome. Yeah.

Anyway, I'm not married to my titles. I refer to my books by their main character, as if they are real people that I care about. Which is a little bit scary.

PS. I'm scaling back to one post per week for the summer.


Old Kitty said...

It took me awhile to get used to LOTR!! LOL (ooops!! LOL! there I go again!)! Yay!

Take care

Matthew MacNish said...

I should probably change WARRIOR-MONKS to The Warrior-Monks of (insert mysterious sounding location or something).

Colene Murphy said...

Ha! I guess titles go through trends just as much as book content does. Used to be swarmed with one worders.

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

Funny-- the acronyms can get silly, but it's so much easier than typing all those title words. I like one-word titles, but you can't always find a good one. :0)

LTM said...

The Burntness of Amberdom... :D

I was actually thinking about titles the other day, too. Mostly because I suck at them so badly. *sigh* Here's hoping for a great title-generating editor!

I think The Mists of Kavala is pretty evocative myself. Don't change that one. :o) <3

K. L. Hallam said...

Very nice Blog you have, very interesting. Love the title.

Southpaw said...

I hadn't noticed this new trend, but now that you mention it I have seen it a lot. Fascinating - and now i know to be cool I speak titles in acronyms.

Deniz Bevan said...

Burnt Amber is already cool!
I've got, let's see... The Face of A Lion, Out of the Water, and Rome Rhymes and Risk.
Hmm, could use a bit more mystery... said...

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