I think novel names are either intuitive (spring into your mind in a eureka moment!) or depressingly hard to come up with…
Thinking through some names that I love I think that best ones somehow sum up exactly what the book is about with just a few words.
Take A Game of Thrones for example – I mean wow! That tells you just what you’re getting into! It’s a genius name!
But then on the other hand there are abstract names like Twilight which works just as well but, to be honest, doesn’t say much about the story…
But does it really matter? If a book is popular it’s going to be whether it’s called ‘Flutter’ or something that gives more away like ‘Dancing with the Fallen Fairies’ ( Both could be the same book!)
What’s in a name? Would you choose a book because of a name or is it the cover what draws you? Or do you disregard all of these things and judge it based on the blurb and reviews?
Does the title of your book have to imply the genre?
If so then….
– Beautiful Creatures sounds like a book about pretty animals
– I Am Number Four sounds like someone waiting in line for an argos purchase
– The Giver….well it depends how filthy your mind is here…
– Fifty Shades of Grey…if you pick this up expecting a colour chart then you’re going to be in for quite a shock
However, I think people know something about a book before they pick it up because of what I believe to be the biggest promiting factor; word of mouth.
So is a book name important?
Yes, but…it needs to be combined with sveral other factors to be effective: cover, blurb, and most important of all content – the book has to be a great read and then, whether it’s called Poo Bucket or A Game of Thrones, it’s going to do well!