Friday, September 24, 2010

Is This Title Real?


Does anyone else pay attention to titles? I'll admit, I'm getting bad at remembering the specific name of a book I read and enjoyed. Authors' names I recall, and really that has always seemed more important to me. But it is getting a bit disconcerting to have to try and describe a book I read, saying, "You know, the Lee Child novel where the people got thrown out of a plane over a desert?" It'd be so much handier if I just recalled the title. Unfortunately, titles, along with appointment dates and phone numbers have been among the victims of my unraveling memory these days.

But on the flip side there are titles that once encountered are unforgettable. Pride and Prejudice. Coffee, Tea or Me? Go Ask Alice. Pregnesia.

Yep, that's right, I said it. Pregnesia. It was an Intrigue out last year. I dare you to forget that title.

Which brings me to my point. (Bet you thought I didn't have one ) Have you ever watched the bit on Jay Leno, "Is This Headline Real?" Let's see how you do. I'll list some titles and you try to guess which ones are real and which aren't. Ready?

The Sheik's Virgin Stable Girl

Daddy Long Stroke

The Italian's Cast Off Virgin Bride

Love in the Laundry Cycle

Bought for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure

The Weird and Wacky Guide to Knocking Off Ex-Boyfriends

Nude Teacher's Dilemma

If You Want Closure in Your Relationship Start with Your Legs

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

Zombie Proof Your Coffin

Living with Crazy Buttocks

The Absolutely Positively Kinda Sorta Maybe Final Word on Everything

Can you find the five made up titles among the rest of these gems without looking them up? Is it important to you to recall titles of books you enjoyed? What makes a title memorable to you?

20 comments:

krisgils33 said...

In today's crazy world? I couldn't even begin to pick out the joke titles!!! Not much surprises me anymore. (wow, I sound like my grandmother used to). I don't pay that much attention to titles. It's what is inside the book that matters!

Cindy Gerard said...

LOL, Kylie. These titles are awesome!
And no, I can't pick out the fake ones but my favorite is 'If You Want Closure in Your Relationship Start with Your Legs'

I'm kind of hoping that's not fake but I'm thinking it might be.

Oh - and I read that Lee Child book - the one where they tossed people out of planes over the desert and I'll be darned if I can remember the title either :o)

Helen Brenna said...

Thanks for starting out my day with a good laugh, Kylie.

For the fun of it, I'm going to take a shot at this!

2, 3, 4, 10, and ... Oh, heck, I have no clue ...

I Absolutely Positively love the last one.

KylieBrant said...

Kris, doesn't it say something about the state of publishing that all of these titles sound like they might be real, LOL?

KylieBrant said...

Cindy, the Closure title? Real. I about dropped my teeth on that one. I do notice that with the surge of self-published books, we have more strange titles, but I swear I stayed away from them!

KylieBrant said...

Wow, Helen you got three of them! You're good at this!

Keri Ford said...

LOL Loved the closure title! (Bought for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure sounds like a good historical)

my 5:

-Nude Teacher's Dilemma
-Love in the Laundry Cycle
-Daddy Long Stroke (am terrified what this could be about, if not spiders)
-Living with Crazy Buttocks

and...ack, the rest of these sounds so real. wild guess: Snakes in Suits

Betina Krahn said...

Kylie, what a wild post! I LOVE it! Yes, titles have gone wild lately and your examples are mind-boggling. . . mostly because I'm not at all sure which are real and which could be fake.

I can only say if "If You Want Closure in Your Relationship Start With Your Legs" isn't real, it should be! And it should be mandatory reading for every fifteen-year-old!

However, the "Nude Teacher's Dilemma". . . not one I'd really like to see hitting the book stands. And "Living With Crazy Buttocks". . . what can that be about? Psychopathic glutes?

I can't wait to learn wich are real and which aren't! Kuddos, Kylie!

KylieBrant said...

Ooh, Keri, I am sorry to report that you only guessed one right :) Which means, of course that some of those crazy titles are real. Yikes! No wonder some readers put covers over their books!

KylieBrant said...

Betina, you will delighted (???) to know that the Closure title *is* real. Which is, um, wow! And the Nude Teacher's Dilemma, just sayin' being nude at school *would* be a dilemma!

MsHellion said...

I seriously hope "Nude Teacher's Dilemma" is fake.

But I would so buy a book titled, "If you want closure in your relationship, start with your legs"--NICE. *LOL*

catslady said...

Here goes:
Dddy Long Stroke
The Weird and Wacky Guide to Knocking Off Ex-Boyfriends
Nude Teacher Dilemma
Zombie Proof Your Coffin
Living with Crazy Buttocks

I'm sure I'm wrong lol

Kathleen Eagle said...

I wish they weren't all possibilities, but I can see any of them popping up on Amazon, frankly. Some of the series romance titles are sooo embarrassing, but the trick is to get as many of those key words in as possible. The things they do with virgin, baby and daddy.

Give the teacher a break, guys. She (or he--I wonder why I picture a she?) has to undress some time.

KylieBrant said...

Ms. Hellion, unfortunately Daddy Long Strokes is real. I suspect it's pornagraphic, but would have to recheck to be sure! And the Closure one--also real :) which I agree would be a real eye-catcher on the bookshelf!

The worst thing on my shelf is The Death Dealer's Manual. I don't like people knowing it's there so I usually have it hidden, LOL.

KylieBrant said...

Catslady, you have two of them right :) Turns out the ones I made up were not nearly as outrageous as some of the real ones!

KylieBrant said...

Sorry, MsHellion I see you had Nude Teacher and I addressed Daddy Long Strokes. Also real, alas :)

KylieBrant said...

Kathleen, a title Presents hasn't used yet: The Virgin Baby Daddy

Leanne said...

Kylie, what a great post! The Daddy Long Strokes frightened me!lol I've had a few bad titles myself too -- A Date With Dr. Frankenstein and Secrets of the Playboy's Bride. Ugh!

KylieBrant said...

Leanne, I'm very much afraid that Daddy Long Strokes is porno...I'd have to go back and recheck. But--ewww :( Don't you ever argue about titles you don't like? Or are you just easier to get along with than I am, LOL?

Helen Brenna said...

Wow, I got 3, huh? Kylie, you're going to have to post all the fake ones tomorrow! We need to know, you know.