Saturday, 9 August 2008
So last night I went to a friend's house for dinner. I got talking to her about novel #3 and she asked what the title was. When I told her she pulled a face.
"What?" I said. "Don't you like it? Don't you think it would make someone curious enough to pick it up if it was on a 3 for 2 table?"
"Maybe," she said. "It's just that I'd feel a bit of a loser reading it on the train."
"Really?!" I said. "Why?"
"Because people always check what other people are reading and they'd probably think I was like the title, even though I'm not."
Now I don't really want to give away the working title of my book but let's say...ehr...that the title of the book was "The Fat Girl Society" for example. Would you not buy it because you wouldn't want people to think you were a 'fat girl'. Or, how about a book called "Big, Fat, Loser" or "Little Miss Dumb" or "The Love Loser" or "Single and Desperate". Would you worry that people would think you were fat, dumb, a loser, desperate etc? You get the idea.
Would other people's opinion on what you're reading bother you or is it just my friend that feels self conscious about people judging her on the title of the book she's reading? Should I let her opinion influence my book title or keep it anyway? (I think it's catchy and very women's fiction).