Sash: One Word Titles vs. All The Rest – Discussion

I think it was after Em’s review of The Eve Trilogy that I noticed that each of the Eve books had only one word.

After a quick trip to my goodreads account, I noticed so many other YA titles that consisted of one word. Here’s a list I whipped up in a few minutes:

  • The Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey (Eve, Once, Rise)
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever)
  • The Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant)
  • Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Graceling Realm Trilogy by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue)
  • The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver (Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem)

You’ll notice most of this list is for sets of books – trilogies mostly. Now whether the One Word Title happens for books that are part of a series larger than three books, I’m sure it happens. Trilogies have been hot the last couple of years but what do you think has driven publishers to the One Word Title? What are they trying to evoke from the reader? Do you prefer one word titles or more than one word? Can a book really be summed up in one word? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

  • May 4, 2013 - 5:29 am

    Amy Acosta - Got a few more exmaples for you from my favorite series :)
    Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess) and The Mortal Instruments (City of…Bones, Ashes, Glass, Fallen Angels, Lost Souls, Heavenly Fire)
    Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study.
    Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath.
    Kady Cross’s The Girl in the Steel Corset, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, The Girl with the Iron Touch.

    As to what has driven publishers to do this…well, it’s catchy and much easier to remember one word titles or titles that repeat a word or a theme. We all like to collect series with the same cover theme, right? This is somewhat similar. It keeps the series together even when covers don’t match lol

    Personally, I am amazed with the the titles they come up with. One word titles are NOT easy to come up with (trust me, I’ve tried it). Just look at the divergent ones. They are so not common words, and that last one I spent days trying to figure out what -gent ending word she’d use and it’s Allegiant. So perfect for the book btw. Yet not all of them nail it with the one word title. As to what I prefer?…Well, you can see from the list above that I prefer any style :)ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Alexa Y. - I think, to me, the appeal of the one word title is in the easy recall. It’s much simpler to remember a title for a book if it’s only one word, based on my experience. I also feel that there’s a certain hard-hitting impact with using one word for the title – it basically sums up an entire book with that one word. I’m a big fan of The Wolves of Mercy Falls and Divergent series, for instance.

    But then again, I like long titles too – like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, for instance. So it’s probably a case to case basis for me!ReplyCancel

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