Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Half-Blood Prince, City of Heavenly Fire, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Once and Future King, and A River Runs through it

What's the link between these five books?

It's that I really like the titles. And why is this? To me great titles have to do three things. They have to have at least a little poetry, maybe from rhyme, rhythm, assonance, whatever.  Good titles have to hint at what's in the book (more important for kids' books than adult ones). Finally they have to be catchy, or memorable.

In addition, if the book is in a series, they have to link backwards and forwards through the series. Cassandra Claire, for example, achieves this with her 'City of...' titles.

There is of course a second link between all these books. I really like 'em. A River Runs Through it matches the poetry of the title in the rest of the story, and it's carried over into the movie. Take a look here:

The 4th Levels book will also be the first in a new trilogy. I've decided to move on from the song theme of the first books, and have come up with the following ideas for titles. It's soooo hard to decide.

What do you think?

1 Wait
2 Want
3 Waste

1 The girl who forgot her own face.
2 The boy who lost his past
3 The girl who gave up her name

1 Traitors Gate
2 School of War
3 The locked chapel

1 Giantarium
2 Otherself
3 Enchantless

1 Broken Knights
2 Knight Fall
3 Dead of Knight

1 Damsel
2 Lady
3 Sorceress

1 Wizard
2 Knight
3 King

If you've got an opinion, please leave a comment. i want to stop referring to this as L4...!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I'm trusting you're judgement. That's probably going to be Levels 5... :)

  2. I don't much care for 1 word titles, they never seem enough to me. But if I had to choose, I would say group D. As for the others (B, C and E) I like them all, but I really like E with the play on words and the use of knight in every book. But (yes again) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE C! I like how each title is a contradiction of itself. SO I vote for C.

    1. Thanks for your input. I think you backed a winner, and we're probably going to go with C, and an additional title. 'The Walled Lake'...