this is in reply to: the first thing you notice about a book? so I was thinking do we really need a title to a story? sometimes I pick up a book look at the title read it then I realise the title has done nothing to add to the book. or accroding to lots or reply inthe other thread, the cover of the book is what first catches the attention. for example Jane Eyre the novella/novel. after reading the book alll this title has done is giving me the name of the character. it has not quite lived up to the story because the book was not about the name per say, but about a love story. one could assume by a title like that one is looking to find the origin of this name , which makes me think of the programme: 'who do you think you are'? which is about ancestry and therefore solely rely on names. my other question is this: a title of a book can make the original author vulnerable in the sense that someone else's can come around sees the title then take it and write another Jayne Eyre and claim this his story is the one's and not Brontee's??