Welcome to Trending Thursday, a periodic blog feature that looks at a trend I’ve noticed around the YA world.
Today I’m looking at YA Book Title Trends.
Book titles that feature characters’ names have been around since … Romeo and Juliet. Or probably even longer. And book titles featuring a character’s first and last names are also not uncommon. Anna Karenina. Oliver Twist. Jane Eyre.
But over the past few months I’ve seen a whole lot of YA titles that feature characters’ first and last names.
Often, but not always, a guy’s name. And the unique YA twist on these might be that the titles aren’t just names – they also describe something about the character. If it’s a guy character, he’s annoying. Or kissable. If it’s a girl, she has something notable — a crush or a list. First, take a look at the books. Then, let’s discuss!
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman (August 2017)
The Foretelling of Georgie Spider by Ambelin Kwaymullina (May 2017)
Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson (June 2017)
Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher (May 2017)
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (May 2017)
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (January 2017)
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yes (August 2017)
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill (June 2017)
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 2017)
My thoughts on this trend:
On the one hand, I like specificity in a title. I find vague titles with a lot of pronouns and articles really hard to remember. On the other hand, I can be bad with names. Very often I finish a book and sit down to review it and can’t remember the main character’s first name. But I find these titles memorable, unless this trend continues and there are way, way too many names to remember.
What is your take on titles with names? Please tell me in comments!