Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and found a new home with That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic was ‘Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles’ and I thought I’d twist the topic a bit and go with Not Frequently Used Words In Fantasy Titles.
It’s all very dark and shadowy…What about Queen of Light, His Light Materials? Sun and Day are not too popular in titles either.
And earth. Fire and air seem much more popular. Don’t even get me started about fire. Now what’s wrong with some water?
The Little Prince, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Clockwork Prince, Prince Caspian, Prince of Thorns, Nine Princes in Amber, The Vampire Prince, The Cruel Prince.. Seriously. Where are all the princesses?? We do have a ton of queens for some reason. And Daughters. Do they just evolve from daughters to queens?
4. Title with a mythic creature that is not a dragon.
It can’t be that hard.
5. First …
Since it’s always Last of something, why not first unicorn. Or first dragon. Or first vampire?
So I did a Goodreads search. There are about 30 000 hits for peace and 170 000 hits for war. Just saying. You could combine with something dramatic like ‘Broken Peace’ or ‘Shadow of a Peace (I ruined the idea didn’t I…)
7. Gun… or maybe a bomb?
It’s always a sword, knife or a blade. A storm of guns? A storm of bombs? The Assassin’s Firearm?
8. Office. Or maybe a park.
Office in the Air? The Dark Office. Park of Glass?
Well since it’s quite often a song, how about a lullaby. Lullaby of Darkness. Lullaby of (Ice and) Fire…I mean Lullaby of Water.
Knife of Facts? Facts of Gods and Monsters?
While doing some backup work for this post, I stumbled upon two great articles: https://www.tor.com/2011/03/11/best-of-the-decade-data-common-words-in-titles/ &
Check them out! Happy TTT!