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It’s been more than a while since I last posted which I am so sad about, but I’m back and I’m posting on a subject I’ve been wanting to do for a while now:
Names As Book Titles
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
Does the same apply towards book titles though?
This poetic line is from one of the most well known plays, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this scene Romeo has gone to Juliet’s home and she talks about his name, the whole cause of separation between the two warring families.
Have you ever noticed how often names are used in book titles? From classic plays like the aforementioned Romeo and Juliet as well as Hamlet and MacBeth, to classic books like Jane Eyre, Emma, and Anna Karenina, to modern YA Fiction such as Zac and Mia, Althea & Oliver, Eleanor & Park, and Emmy & Oliver, it seems that using names is becoing more popular in fiction. But why? Is because it’s easy to just name a book after the leading character(s)? Is it because there is an actual trend occurring?
What I wonder though is how well these titles are received to readers. Are the interested in books solely by the title? Can they capture their attention with only a character’s name? I’ll be the first to say that when I see a name as a book title’s, I am automatically intrigued, but I’m not sure why this is. Maybe it’s because I already know who the book will be about or maybe there’s just something about having a book named after a character.
I thought I would share some of the book titles I know of that feature names:
So it appears that naming books after characters has gone on for a long time, since the 1800s. What do you think of using characters’ names as titles? Do they draw you in? Do they work? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. I may end up doing a series on various book titles so keep an eye out. 🙂