What’s in a name? Well that’s easy. A name captures an essence, it’s a first impression, it’s what will capture your attention (or make it fizzle into nothing).
I mean, would you name your dog Lamborghini-Ferrari-Sparkle-Captain-Underpants?*
Let’s pretend you’re walking through a library, and you’re only going to pick 3 books (because you’re a rational and responsible bookworm and you know you have an e-reader full of eARCs at home that you should probably tackle)… but how to pick? Do you have time to read every single summary? Take every single book out of the YA section? So, how to narrow the choices?
I, specifically, just choose to look at the titles.
For me, an eye-catching title is enough to interest me in a book. Whether the title is really long, or really short, I like the cleverness of a title. How do you sum up a work of art into such few words? How did Van Gogh settle on calling his painting “Starry Night”? Why didn’t he call it “blue painting with pretty yellow swirls and it looks like nighttime”? (Starry Night is a million times better ;))
My point is, sometimes I come a cross a title that is so bad that I have to…
Because the title alone doesn’t motivate me to want to find out anything else about the story. I think in a way this is worse than judging books by their covers, but I can’t seem to help it.
There’s this book that is releasing (or has released already, I’m not sure) in 2015, and the book title is something that sounds so cheesy that I literally turn the other way and ignore whatever relates to it. It sounds so desperate and needy and just very… damsel in distress-y and I don’t need another book like that in my life. I’m probably wrong (and I hope so!) but I can’t bring myself to ever read that book because of the title.
This has happened to me only a handful of times, but every time it does it gets more and more uncomfortable. For example, I was at my local bookstore, and I picked randomly picked a book because it had a nice cover. However, the title it just screamed EROTICA. It was called something along the lines of “Pleasuring You”. My immediate thought was, “I’m pretty sure this is not something I’d enjoy”, so I put the book down and kept looking for another one.
I know this is bad, because it’s judging based on something I don’t know.
But… with a never-ending to-read list, and a short life to live, I have to narrow down the books I pick somehow.
Tell me, do you do something like this? Do you have another way to judge books? Also, do book titles turn you off? Let me know in the comments!