Book Meme Challenge:
I have definitely read a book or work of literature based solely on the appeal of its title. If it is sufficiently pretty, poetic, mystifying, exhilarating, strange, or intriguing, a title alone can call my name and draw me deep into a work of art.
The Blue Castle, L. M. Montgomery
I disliked Anne of Green Gables. And so I was hesitant to try the same author again. But this title was beautiful. It is elegant, simple, and picturesque. So I read it. And the tale inside did not disappoint.
(And, I really like blue. It is pretty as a word and as a color.)
Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett
Of all the books that deal with vampires – or ‘Vampyres’ – this one is the best. If only – although not really only – because of the clever title.
The Violent Bear it Away, Flannery O’Connor
Stunning. This book is amazing, difficult, painful, and beautifully written. And it has the perfect title for a book about Prophets.
Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh
Hilarious. Biting. Satiric. Painful. Ridiculous. And funny beyond belief. The title says it all.
Sparkling Cyanide, Agatha Christie
One of the things that will always get me in a title – or any phrase – is alliteration. Also, the word “cyanide” is fun to say.
Porphyria’s Lover, Robert Browning
With a name like “Porphyria,” who could resist?
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Sadly, I have not yet read this book. But any book that quotes John Donne in the title has to have some merit.
Abhorsen, Garth Nix
Intriguing. Particularly when revealed that an “Abhorsen” is the opposite of a necromancer.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimon
The subtitle is amazing. And single-handedly wins it a place on this list. (And the fact that one of the main characters is named “Anathema”. Because her parents thought in sounded nice.)
Also, there are several possible titles for several possible stories that possibly I might write in the future.
No Excuses on Clear Day
This might be a short story. Or an opera. We have not decided. But we do know that there will be exploding mail, and toupees.
Time Moves Upwards to the Left
As soon as we have gathered enough lack of proof otherwise, this will become a scholarly article.