More and more, I'm seeing stuff that isn't the title in the title of books. The other morning, I saw 'TITLE: A gripping psychological thriller you do not want to miss' as the title of a book.
This annoys me greatly, as I have said before. However, I'm beginning to wonder if readers are so used to this, as well as being so 'short attention span theater' these days, that I'm missing the boat.
Although, at this point, the word gripping really rubs me the wrong way. If everything is gripping, is anything really gripping? Nowadays, I'm all like "Oh, yeah... :eyeroll: ...a gripping psychological thriller... ri-ight."
But is this something I should be doing? I don't mean the gripping thing. But the adding a descriptive puff after the title.
Dying Embers: A Flaming Good Suspense with Arson and Murder and a slight tinge of romance
Accidental Death: A Small Town Revenge-filled Romp in the Snow
Wish in One Hand: A Suspense-filled Urban Fantasy with Snarky Genies
Would that really sell more books? I always figured I said everything that needed to be said in the blurb. Along with a... pardon me... gripping title and cover. And, you know, the general GENRE listing. :heavy sigh:
Maybe it isn't enough anymore. Maybe readers really don't want to take the time to read a blurb anymore. Maybe they'd be more inclined to read the blurb if they already saw it what it was in the title.
Project Hermes: A Thrilling Political Suspense with Techno and Medical Stuff
Blink of an I: A dark, yet suspenseful and thrilling glimpse into the future
Unequal: A dark, thought-provoking suspenseful dystopian with medical stuff
Meh. I'm really loathe to do this. It might be the wave of the future. I hope it's just a flash in the pan. Because if I have to do this, you saw up there what might happen.
I have a tough enough time coming up with blurbs and taglines. You want short title descriptors, too?