A little while ago I wrote a post titled Are book covers important, or is it only the story that matters? When I finished writing that it made me question how important is the title of a book? Does it directly affect whether people will read it or not?
Personally, I think the title of a book definitely has an impact on whether it is picked up. Whilst a title isn’t the only thing that I look for, I must admit that it is one of the first things I think about when browsing books. Equally, my time on Instagram and in the blogging world has seen me exposed to many book reviews and I have been known to skip past a post if it’s a book that I’m unfamiliar with and the title doesn’t engage me.
Why is that?
In short, I’m not entirely sure.
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There have been many books that I have read where the title has hooked me and yet I’ve stopped reading because once I get into the story I realise it’s not the book for me after all. I have also given a book a try on more than one occasion and loved it irrespective of what it has been called. When I think of some of my favourite books I wonder whether I would have read them if they were called something else. I wonder how many of them were called many other things along the way to publication. An example of this is one of my favourite books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Originally it was called First Impressions, but it was changed prior to publication. Would it have seen the same popularity had it kept its original title?
Do authors stress over what their books will be called? I expect so. Should they? I’m not sure, but I think it is important. After all, if it wasn’t then books wouldn’t have titles would they? It would be a cover with a synopsis on it instead wouldn’t it?
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Having said that, a title isn’t enough to make me read a book. I will always read a summary, review, or blurb first to get a feel for what the book is about.
Also, if it is a favourite author of mine then I take a different approach again, I will want to read it irrelevant of what the book looks like, what it is about, or what it is called.
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Overall, I think it is a combination of things that all contribute. I think that what a book is called, what it looks like, and what it has been described as are all important. At least for me anyway. I do wonder however, whether there are some great reads out there that I have missed out on because the title hasn’t hooked me enough to find out more about it.
What are your thoughts on this? How important is the title of a book for you? Is a bad title enough to put you off? Is a good title enough to convince you to read it?
It’s certainly interesting to think about isn’t it.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what is important when selecting something to read, so do get in touch!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x