Friday, June 22, 2018

50/50 Friday (90): Favorite/Least Favorite Title


50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!


Today's Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Title


There are SO many titles I like and dislike so I decided to pick a representative sample.  These are also all books I've read.

Favorite:


Pivot Point #1 (duology)
Released: 2013
Rating: 4 stars (Review)

Blurb:
"Knowing the outcome doesn't always make a choice easier... Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without."



I absolutely love this title for several reasons.  One, the alliteration is lovely and makes it roll off the tongue and two: it relates to the story in a major way without being too descriptive.  The whole series is based on the idea that Addie can see the outcome of each choice so essentially, she is constantly on a pivot point, having to choose between two different futures.  It's simple, yet descriptive.  Another example of this is Strange the Dreamer (because of the different ways you can read the title).



Least Favorite:

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

Standalone
Released: 2013
Rating: 5 stars (Review)

Blurb:
"What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White."



I absolutely LOVE this book.  The title?  Not so much.  Mostly, I just find it too descriptive and obvious.  The book is literally about the reflections of Queen Snow White after her prince dies.  There just isn't any mystery or hidden meaning which is something I prefer in my titles.  Still, this is such a heart wrenching book that deserved a better title.


What do you like and dislike in a title?  What do you think of these titles?  Make a post and link up below!


Next Week's Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Genre

2 comments:

  1. That’s a very strangely descriptive title. I’m glad to hear the book is better than the title.

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    1. Right? Maybe it's coming from a point of hypocrisy, but I feel like the author could have done a little better (or whoever chose the title). Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

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