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07-08-2006, 10:03 PM
I'm a huge fan of Titles for books. Even my own writing can't begin until I've found the perfect title for it. Sometimes the title is more interesting and meaningful than the book behind it.

Are there any published books (or even movies) whose title alone grabbed your attention - regardless of what the book or movie was actually about?

The two that strike me the most are:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.


The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul.


07-09-2006, 06:42 AM
Two that come to mind right now:

The Shadow of the Wind


The Birth of Venus

07-11-2006, 06:36 AM
Beneath the Wheel

07-11-2006, 03:44 PM
Waiting to Exhale - (story of my life)

Great title. I wish the story had been half as good.

07-11-2006, 04:16 PM
I like the long-winded titles:

The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman - Louis deBernieres

Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

That said - I loved the title of Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go", I thought it set the novel up perfectly.

Variant Frequencies
07-12-2006, 06:01 AM
Douglas Adams titles are wonderful. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The Cloak of Night and Daggers.
I like titles that are offbeat, clever, funny.

07-12-2006, 07:32 AM
I definitely prefer titles that are short and have some meaning, if not more than one meaning.

Like Nineteen Eighty-Four. Divine Comedy.

Although titles that just mean so much more than the literal translation are way up there. Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, that type of thing.

07-12-2006, 07:34 AM
Oh yeah - Something Wicked This Way Comes is a great one :)

Elizabeth Slick
07-15-2006, 09:04 AM
"Pig Cookies" struck me as a particularly memorable title. I saw it in the library not long ago.

Soccer Mom
07-15-2006, 11:54 PM
Here's a classic: A Wrinkle in Time

07-16-2006, 07:01 AM
"the curious incident of the dog in the night time", though the upside down poodle on the otherwise blank cover also helped

Elizabeth Slick
07-16-2006, 09:25 PM
"A Great Big Ugly Man Came up and Tied His Horse To Me."


07-16-2006, 10:18 PM
Rocks That Float

(good book, BTW)

12-14-2007, 07:57 AM
Glass Books for the Dream Eaters

12-14-2007, 05:54 PM
Don't Piss On My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining.

12-16-2007, 08:35 AM
The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker.

12-16-2007, 09:12 AM
Two titles I love are already listed...
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I also love the titles...
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Last of the Mohicans

12-17-2007, 06:08 AM
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

12-30-2007, 03:05 AM
The Fritz Lang movie with Peter Lorre as a killer of children