When it comes to book titles, we can all agree on one thing…who the heck remembers them.
Just kidding! Well 13% kidding, because my relationship with titles is basically (a) mis-remembering the title completely, (b) forgetting everything but the cover’s colour, or (c) merging it with another book’s title so I have a hybrid of tears and confusion.
I am fun.
But honestly some titles are not helping my struggles. They break the mould and don’t fit with their typical genres’ “themes”. And you know the themes I mean, right? Like how every second YA fantasy is called The Queen of Fire And Ash In The Shadows Of Thorns in The Glass Heart. Most titles help us out by being predictable.
And then we have the rebel titles. I can’t even. How dare they. So today I’m listing…
Whenever I say “king/queen/prince” I automatically think fantasy. I mean I know we do have a modern queen, who is clearly is has a dark sorcerer employed because isn’t she 200 years old?? But whatever. I do acknowledge the royalty of today. However this book is (a) not about royalty anyway, and (b) actually a CONTEMPORARY about very poor kids in a very poor town and one of them has a psycho snake-loving (literally) preacher dad, another is a fashion blogger, another a booknerd — AND IN THE END IT BREAKS YOUR HEART. No actual royalty involved.
It’s probably a metaphor, darn you, Cait.
I SWEAR THIS WAS AN EPIC FANTASY??????
It is not. It is sci-fi. I am still rather blindsided by this and I confess I did spend the first several chapters going, “But but but wait…” However how awesome is it to have an #ownvoices Moroccan inspired sci-fi coming out in August?! I don’t even KNOW of any other books like this and I’m so happy it exists!
Full disclaimer: I freaking LOVE this book and you should read it and have your little heart put through a blender with me. But that aside, the title fully made me think this was going to be a good ol’ Aussie memoir or something. Or about Crocodile Dundee’s son or something?! I DON’T KNOW. There is literally no Australians as far as the eye can see here so I say. I have been robbed an opportunity.
ALSO BY THE WAY, I HOPE YOU HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE AS IT IS A TRUE ICON OF ALL AUSTRALIANISMS.
Also his girlfriend looks very TIRED.
This is sci-fi, as probably most bookworms and bloggers and various literate stray cats know. But I DIDN’T. I just am used to sci-fis that have “stars” and explosions on the cover you know??? Alienated and These Broken Stars —> I get it! This one nearly sounds contemporary in my honest opinion?! *
* Which is worth absolutely nothing as we are discovering.
Everything about the cover! The title! screams epic fantasy…right?! Surely it’s not just me???
Anyway it’s absolutely dystopian and it left me very confused in general, title aside. (Why are so many dystopians about selling women?? Like give us about 3 more years and the women will have eaten all the men and THAT will be our dystopian society ok. I can’t wait.)
I feel like I’m picking on Patrick Ness books!! But I love his stuff ok, trust me. But also I am just so confused. Basically me:
Ness Book: Here is a book called The Knife Of Never Letting Go!
Me: Nice! Contemporary??
Ness Book: no sci-fi
Ness Book: And here is a book called Release!
Me: Definitely sci-fi now!!
Ness Book: CONTEMPORARY
Me: [crying softly]
One word titles are just usually dystopian or sci-fi ok! I don’t make the rules!! GRANTED I DON’T EVEN KNOW THE RULES APPARENTLY.
Zombie book right?! Apocalyptic! RIGHT?!?
Haha NO CAIT WHY DON’T YOU SIT DOWN.
This is a historical fiction, like murder-mystery, Sherlocky Holmesish escapade. Obviously. Of course. Although in my defence there is also a book called Shallow Graves which is about actual zombies. I think I get a small free pass to be screaming confusedly.
It has a planet in the title. If this doesn’t give me leave to say “hey this is a sci-fi!” and be relatively confident in my assumption, then what will?????
Anyway it’s a contemporary and I sometimes stare sorrowfully into the distance, thinking of the days when I was young and full of hope.
9. HUSH HUSH
All I’m saying is, very gently and quietly, that this sounds like a parenting book for sleep-deprived parents who are on their 3rd large coffee at 6am and start crying when someone breathes because it might wake the baby they FINALLY got to sleep in the parents’ own bed while the parents themselves are sleeping on a single handkerchief on the floor. (I HAVE SISTERS WITH KIDS. I HAVE SEEN THINGS.)
Anyway it’s a super famous paranormal. However I will point out that (a) NO ONE hush hushes in this book, and (b) I wish frikkin Patch would “hush hush” and go back to hell from whence he came. (Don’t @ me about him being an angel. I dON’T believe you.)
10. CARRY ON
Um, Supernatural fanfic?? That’s genuinely what I was thinking. And when Rainbow Rowell announced the second book is “Wayward Son” I’m like SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES!!
Anyway no. Apparently she’s never seen the show.
This is more like paranormal/magical realism, Harry Potter fanfic (DRARRY!?) but also not. It’s adorable. I love Simon and Baz and how Baz’s whole aesthetic is: “I HATE SIMON SNOW omg where is he I need to stand right next to him I need to be so close I am accidentally holding his hand oops we’re married I HATE SIMON SNOW.”
If you also are constantly in denial of your emotions at all times, clap your hands!