I need reactions to a possible title. I won't go into what the book is about. If you saw a book called The Story of Our Days, then:
--what subject matter/genre would you expect?
--what associations would the title have in your mind?
--would you be bored, intrigued, or something else?
Story of Our Days: possible memior or biography of a family. It would depend on the back blurb, what it offers me, the cover would also make me wonder...would it be dark or something on the lighter side. On my bookcase, I realize my books are separated by genre, but also by covers. My cozies are clustered and the darker mysteries are together. Research books are clustered and etc...
I would expect either a) a family history or b) an epic saga maybe of a romance or a coming of age story. The associations that come to mind are of extreme hardship, overcoming cruelty either in society or family or endurance of famine, war, or pestilence or political divisiveness.
I would not be inclined to read a book with this title. I would quickly look for something else.
I would expect it to women's fiction or romance. Possibly a family saga.
The title brings to mind the long-running soap opera "Days of Our Lives."
I'd be bored.
BTW, there is a site that "ranks" proposed titles. If I can find it again, I'll post it. I believe the current trend is one or two word titles. That influenced me to title my legal thriller "Terminal Ambition." Also, the double meaning of "terminal" played well with my story line.
Finding the right title is difficult.
I like your title! It definitely intrigues.
Thanks. The antagonist is the chairman of a Wall Street law firm whose goal is to be named US Attorney General. However, to do that he needs to hide the sexual harassment that he's knowingly tolerated inside the firm for years. In addition to the usual intrigue offered by legal thriller, the book asks the question, "When does ambition become toxic?"
Nora Roberts (or her publisher) is very adept at coming up with catchy titles like "True Lies." you might check out her listings at Amazon.
It's hard to say without at least a short blurb.
Title alone reminds me of the soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and of a sappy-sad movie with a husband on a beach, still mourning the pre-mature death of his wife. I would associate it with a "how we met, fell in love, had a family, etc." type of story. A movie that I would wait for on DVD and watch on Sunday afternoon.
I think I'll head back to the drawing board. One title that was there already: An Ampler Day (from a Tennyson poem). Thoughts?
My immediate reaction: "Is 'ampler' gramatically correct?" So, I'd steer clear.
Why don't you just reveal what the book is about so the that the many members of SheWrites can knock their heads together and come up with an alternate title? Why torture yourself?
The Unnamed Novel is a family drama with mystery elements, set in an afterlife of my own devising. Here's the description currently on my website:
Death is what you make it. . . .
Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved. The overpowering urge to wander -- to search, not knowing what she sought -- drove her away. She left Cassidy in her family's loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.
Now they are all reunited, with the chance to understand and heal. The afterlife in which the find themselves makes it easy -- often unavoidable -- to confront unfinished business. But the restlessness that shaped Eleanor's life still haunts her in death.
Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace.
The Great Title Contest starts now! :-)
How about "Hereafter" or "Nirvana" or "Eleanor Eternal" or "Unfinished Business" or "Home Bound"?
I've been toying with several titles that have "Home" in them. I thought of Unfinished Business and of Unfinished, but both have been used more often than I liked.