As you probably know...I read a lot. (Mostly YA because, I won't deny, it's my favourite.) This leads me to analyse books quite a lot. I analyse covers and blurbs and genres and characters...
But what about book titles?
Book titles can range from the length of the Great Wall of China to just one word. There are also fabulous medium-title-length books. It makes me ask myself: which do I prefer? What absolutely catches my attention without fail?
One word can be incredibly punchy and easy to remember...but...it also can be super generic. Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time I've seen a book called Chaos or Scarlet. UGH! I want to be able to list a title and people know which book I mean!
Like consuming tuna, "all things in moderation" is a great guide for book titling. I consider up to 4-words a "medium" sort of title. You can say them in breath to a librarian when you can't find it on the shelves. They capture more of the story than short titles.
They hold power! They hold quirky uniqueness! But gosh, they're incredibly hard to muster up the energy to say. You feel like taking a small nap in the middle. And remembering the whole darn thing? It's hard enough to remember your own birth date and library card number without massive book titles on top of that. But yet...they're beautiful.
Personally? I'm always attracted to the long titles. They just strike me as so super quirky. But I prefer the one-word titles for remembrance sake. And they're so short and to the point! You can just bark them out.
But I definitely want your thoughts on this!! What's your favourite title length and why?