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The Use of the "F-Word" in Book Titles

Warren Adler | Posted 02.13.2017 | Books
Warren Adler

While the use of the F-word in books, movies and other media is now as common as oxygen, I recently read that it is now making its way more than ever ...

Outrageous Book Titles Return To Shock Subway Commuters

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.17.2016 | Comedy

Comedian Scott Rogowsky returns to the New York subway with some more hilariously awkward (and fake) book titles -- and now he has a partner in crime....

Proof That One Man's Creepy Face Changes A Book's Entire Meaning

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy

While it's still true you should never judge a book by its cover, sometimes the book can be dramatically altered when my creepy, goofy face is also in...

A Tale of Two Titles: The Fault in Our Stars and F--k Fate

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

So if the message is hopeful, why call the book The Fault in Our Stars? Possibly because this book is not about blind hope; it's about acceptance and perseverance in the face of reality -- a modern realistic fairytale of sorts.

Puzzling Book Titles

Dave Astor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

There are novels with titles that are puzzling, at least at first. What exactly do they mean? What are they referring to in the book? It can be frustrating to figure that out, but also fun. Many people like to read mysteries, and an obscure novel title is sort of a mystery in microcosm.

One Weird Trick To Get Your Kids To Actually Read These Classic Novels

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology

One Man Started Thinking For Himself In A Dystopian Future. You'll Never Believe What Happened Next. Online, headlines are everything. With so much...

The Origins Of 11 Classic Book Titles

Posted 08.29.2013 | Books

Some classic titles explain themselves, as they reference characters ("The Great Gatsby") or lines from notable passages ("The Catcher in the Rye"). O...

Anna Karenina as The Bureaucrat's Wife: The Fight for Women's Identity in Book Titles

Alma Katsu | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Alma Katsu

What might the world have lost if, instead of letting memorable women in literature stand on their own two feet, we'd been given forgettable titles like Anna Karenina: The Bureaucrat's Wife.

Making Poems From Book Titles

Posted 07.31.2012 | Books

If you've ever spent too long staring at your bookshelves, you might have seen the titles of some of the books begin to relate to one another. A littl...

Book Titles That May Not Be Ideal

Dave Astor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

If you can't judge a book by its cover, can you judge a book by its title? I ask that because there are some novels with a title character who is not the most prominent or interesting person in the book.

Same Title, Different Book

Will Weaver | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Will Weaver

My novel seemed dead in the water. Destined never to pay off its advance. So imagine my surprise to see a recent, dramatic spike in its sales, particularly in e-books.

10 Memoir Titles for a Feature Act

J-L Cauvin | Posted 06.17.2012 | Comedy
J-L Cauvin

Everyone clamors for a book by star comedians who reflect on their rise to success. But what about feature (the guy or gal between the emcee and the headliner) comedians -- the stop on the way to headliner success for some, or the purgatory of comedy for many?

12 Book Titles That Came From Poems

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Books

By Gabe Habash for PWxyz: Sometimes a book title is a no-brainer. "Herzog." "Mating." "Cujo." But sometimes writers get directly inspired by other ...

How to Find (and Lose) a Book Title

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 03.26.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

For the effort most authors put into titling their book, you'd think they'd get to see it splashed across the cover -- but an overwhelming amount of us are told by our editors, "Love the book, hate the title. Find another one."

'Gold-Hatted Gatsby' And What Your Other Favorite Books Were Almost Called

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

A book title is a story's thesis statement. If it's boring or off-putting, readers will turn their attention elsewhere. If it's evocative or captivati...

Funniest 'Literary Turducken' On Twitter

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books

Celebrating the triple crown of holiday entrees, Doubleday Books started a Twitter hashtag for literary feasts. Rather than a chicken within a duck wi...

PICTURES: 6 Alternate Titles For R. Kelly's Book

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 01.10.2012 | Comedy

Twitter was aflutter Wednesday morning with word that an R. Kelly memoir called "Soula Coaster" would be dropping Nov. 15, but it turns out the book m...

Book Titles For The Overstimulated

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books

"The Grapes of Wrath," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Book titles can be very alluring and exciting. How m...

What Makes You Buy a Book?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.21.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

What makes you buy a book? Is it different from what makes you watch a movie? It seems so, because it's so private -- just you and the bookseller or librarian -- or, these days, as likely, your computer.

15 Most Ridiculous Book Titles Ever

Posted 09.21.2011 | Books

If you've ever strolled down the aisles of your local book store, you are well aware that not every book title on the shelves is a gem. However, there...

Latest Bestseller Recipe? Sprinkle Title With Swear Words

Sacramento Bee | CELIA RIVENBARK | Posted 08.28.2011 | Books

Lately I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out how a book becomes a bestseller. In the past 11 years, I've had six books published. But this mor...

'Saved By The Bell Jar' And Other Hilarious #Sitcomnovels

Zoe Triska | Posted 08.07.2011 | Books

On Twitter over the weekend, WWNortan started a hashtag combining novels and TV shows. It soon began trending. We rounded up some of the best from...

eBooks Poised To Take Off In Africa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Can Africa take the lead in taking advantage of e-books, as it has with the rapid expansion of mobile phones and innovations such as mobile banking ap...

The Creative Road to a Great Book Title

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

As authors, we are expected to produce interesting and clever book titles. That is not always possible. Consider using one (or all) of these methods if you're struggling.

Oops, Book Titles Gone Wrong

Michael Gerson | Michael Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the history of badly timed book titles, Los Angeles Times reporters Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten hold a distinguished place. The publication of...