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    Naming problem

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Revenant, Mar 7, 2013.

    I have a question:

    Would it just be stupid to name a book "A practical guide to . . " something-rather, when it is a fictional story and quite clearly not a practical guide to anything?
     
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    I like the "hitchhikers guide to" a tad better. Doesn't have to be hitchhikers, of course. It depends on if "practical" has a key meaning to the story or not.
     
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    There has to be a reason for the title...(unless you're doing some ironic thing) so if it fits, go for it. :) The irony may be perfect. I don't have anything against the idea!
     
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    Ever hear of a book entitled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?
     
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    Great book. Read it in the early 70s, got a whole new perspective on quality and intellectuality.
     
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    Wonderful tale. Told my dad about it and, sadly, he missed the point.
     
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    that and 'hitchhiker's' prove that even seemingly inappropriate titles for novels can be highly successful... so go ahead and call your book whatever feels right to you... it can always be changed later and if you are lucky enough to snag a publisher, they might keep it or change it, so it's not important at this juncture...
     
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    Or 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian'.
     

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