"I was curious to see how many of these books there actually are
, so I did a search for books with 'The' and 'Daughter' in their titles on Goodreads. Afterward I spent some time copying and pasting all instances of The ___’s Daughter into an Excel spreadsheet. How much time? A lot..." [more inside]
Tonight, two new fall shows premiere: Mob Doctor, which is about a doctor who works for the mob, and Revolution, which is about a devastating global power outage and — more than that — a revolution.
Neither of these shows particularly requires your attention, but taken together, they emphasize that essentially, all you need to make a show is the right combination of title-friendly words. In fact, if you take the correct 25 words, you can combine them (often in either order!) to create all the television we will see in the next ten years.
We've all seen various works that are "Untitled". Reasons given for leaving works "Untitled" include Edward Hopper's "If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." Others simply wish the art to "speak for itself"
. Some consider a title a necessary part of enhancing a work's commercial value
. Others would never cop to contaminating their art with such a consideration. Some artists speak of "unease" and are conflicted about the subject
while others are apparently under the influence of the post-modern tradition
. Others think that it is evidence of "laziness" on the part of the artist, or in some way "selling their work short"
. Even when titles are
given the creator has a fundamental choice
to make. Some argue against "Untitled" out of sheer practicality
Book Spine Poetry
is poetry made from the words on the spines of books.
HBO's Game of Thrones
, "Narnia populated by super-hard bastards"
, has been a ratings and critical success and has already been picked up for a second season
. HBO have a secret weapon in bringing George R. R. Martin's fantasy epic to screen: An awesome title sequence that doubles as a painless infodump
Once Upon a Title
- "pervy little stories made entirely from children's book titles"
The Land of Underwater Birds
- a novelist looks at the art of choosing a title for your novel.
It's time again for the greatest literary competition this side of Bulwer-Lytton: The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title
), and YOU can vote here
for your favorite from 'the shortlist':
I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
(scroll down to see the author's blog)
How to Write a How to Write Book
by the author, mostly unavailable)
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
(written by a woman)
Cheese Problems Solved
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
(with extra points for the author's name: Big Boom)
and People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
(this might be declared ineligible since the publisher's cover picture shows a shortened title) [more inside]
Forget the film, watch the titles
is a collection of high quality streaming video versions of graphically well-designed title sequences from a number of movies, both famous
& less well known
, with the only prerequisite being amazing design
. My favorite from the collection is this one
, which is very similar to my favorite title sequence ever
. For rabid Title Sequence enthusiasts with 20 minutes to spare, these YouTube
clips contained edits of the top 25 best title sequences ever, (as chosen by the guy who put the clips together).
Put a little commerce in your art with Lulu's Titlescorer
, a widget that analyzes your book title's chances of gracing the top of the New York Time's bestseller list.
When you write a letter to the Pope,
be sure to end it: I have the honor to remain Your Holiness's obedient servant
, but for a Cardinal, simply use: Yours very truly
. And remember that
Emperors are addressed Your dignified Majesty
while Kings are just called Your Majesty
can be quite fascinating, for example, Queen Elizabeth is also
an official Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Gynecologists and is an Honorary Bachelor of Music at the University of Wales. Even if you don't have those impressive titles, you can definitely find one for you in the giant Dictionary of Occupational Titles (largish html file - my personal favorite is "Fancy packer")
; or just go for some obsolete job titles
be a name familiar to the casual movie fan, but in his
career he created some of the most striking credit sequences around.
he left his
mark on any movie he was involved with.
breaks down twenty-four
of his most famous works.
Animation of Steven Hill's
3186 movie title screens. (via Waxy via B3ta)
Got a title but no song?
Like an Exploding Dog
for music, Request-a-Song.com takes submitted titles and composes songs around them, with some surprisingly good results.
Bill Gates to receive honorary Knighthood
. Apparently for his contribution to enterprise in the UK and charity work
. He will not be able to use the title "Sir" but will be entitled
to put the letters KBE after his name
Final Fatality: the direct-to-video movie title generator.
Now all you need is Chuck Norris or the guy from Beastmaster and a DV camera! And, Ka-Ching! Watch the money roll in!
Buy your very own title!
You too can become a Lord, a Lady, a Duke, a Duchess... except you really can't,
according to the very annoyed Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford.
movie titles are a surefire way to grab the buyer's attention. Just check out this list
to see what I mean. Anybody know of any that are missing?
Credit Card Nation?
And people who bought this book also purchased Fast Food Nation
. Is the U.S., then, no longer Prozac Nation
. Do we live in Hackneyed Nonfiction Title Nation? Or is it really a Credit Card Abusing, Fast-Food Eating Nation on Prozac?