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Subject: Taking a poll of romance readers
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 3:37 PM ET
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Hello fellow romanc readers,


I'm just taking a poll. I hope I'll get more than just a few responses.


I want to say in this forum we've discussed titles of romance books. However, I wanted to take a poll of what people thought of well-known titles of other books and movies tweaked for a book.


For example, I've seen a few books already playing on the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" title.


What is the general opinion when you see a book with a popular title tweaked? And not just a romance, but any kind of book? What do you think?


I'm really curious to see the opinions!

Natalie B.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 4:44 PM ET
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I usually consider it to be someone with no originality of their own, trying to get in on the hype of someone who does.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 4:52 PM ET
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I would agree with Sherri.  It does not make me want to read the book more.  Then again, if it's an author I like, the title won't really matter.  I don't choose books to read based on title alone, so whether I read it or not depends on what else the book has going for it.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 5:59 PM ET
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The author of that particular book I think has beat that dead horse himself which is fine as it's his book title to exploit:lol:

As far as it being tweaked by other authors for their books--I third Sherri--not very original or sporting of them. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 6:07 PM ET
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It is a total turn off to me.  I won't request or buy a book like that.  Seems like a most unoriginal writer.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 6:15 PM ET
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And not just the title.  I know we discussed here (PBS if not in this forum) how all the YA books for awhile looked like Twilight knockoffs.  So unoriginal.  And do the authors/publishers think we're stupid?  That we won't be able to tell the difference?  It totally turns me off and it will take something great to make me read the "copy". 


Date Posted: 4/26/2011 6:46 PM ET
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I agree that it shows no originality. Though usually the title does not matter to me - I choose books first by author, then by cover (I know - never judge a book by its cover!) usually I don't pay close attention to titles...

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Date Posted: 4/26/2011 8:42 PM ET
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Derivative & cheesy.  Like porn movies that tweak the titles of mainstream releases.  I guess it's all well & good if that's the association you're aiming for, but. . . ewww.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 10:13 PM ET
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I don't like them, but I don't blame the authors -- authors may or may not have any input into their titles.

Date Posted: 4/27/2011 7:22 PM ET
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Thanks for the opinions. If anyone else coems in and reads this, I would love to hear more opinion.


Being that I'm a writer, I have heard that more often than not, writers dont' have a lot of weight when it comes to titles. I was merely wondering what people thought of publishers/authors doing this kind of thing. I want to say for myself I may or may not look at the synopsis for the book. If it's an author i know, I will. But an unknown author? I just roll my eyes and move on. Lol.


Thanks again for sharing!


Date Posted: 4/28/2011 2:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/5/2011 8:43 PM ET
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I have a problem with publishing houses that reissue under a different title, i.e. Hannah Howell books that are all now titled HIGHLAND something or other and have nothing to do with highlands.

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 8:44 PM ET
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I think it makes it sound cheap.  Sorta like a porn flick.  They do that alot with porn titles.  I don't like that association.  There is no relationship betw romance and porn!

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 1:02 AM ET
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Arggh. I hate when I type a whole thing and then erase it by mistake..

I think if the author goes the extra mile with it, it is a great idea. I bought Eat Prey Love by Kerrilyn Sparks because the title was so clever.


(And what, you don't want to watch Romancing the Bone?)