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Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 9:43 PM


It always bugs me a little when writers slavishly follow the pattern for titling their thrillers

'The A B', where B is a common noun, say Weekend. and A is an outlandish word 'Osterman'.

Going back in time through Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Conspiracy) perhaps to Tolstoy (The Kreuzer Sonata) via a detour to Janacek/Capek (the Makropoulos Affair).

Does anyone know earlier examples?

M48ortal  (Level: 263.9 - Posts: 3852)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 9:58 PM

The Canterbury Tales and ... Gilga Mesh?

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 10:31 PM

Should that count? Canterbury is a placename describing where the people were headed, and not a nonsense word?

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Sat, 27th Feb '10 4:42 AM

I agree; nice try but no cigar.
If it were 'The Gilgamesh Narration' maybe....

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 27th Feb '10 8:47 AM

The Harrad Experiment ...

Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2720)
Sat, 27th Feb '10 5:36 PM

Humboldt's Gift

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Sat, 27th Feb '10 6:36 PM

Focus people focus!

Three Word title: 'The AB'

Linda sit up straight and stop looking out of the window...

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2060)
Sat, 27th Feb '10 7:19 PM

The Pickwick Papers

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 1:23 AM

I'm curious: Why do proper names of the books' characters -- Bourne, Osterman, Pickwick -- annoy you when used in the titles? How is it any different from *Rabbit Redux,* *Tess of the D'Urbervilles,* or ''The Da Vinci Code*? Or, for that matter, any of a zillion titles with place names (*The Salzburg Connection,* *The Moscow Rules,* etc.)?

Allena  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 1434)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 9:43 AM

Titus Andronicus; Leaving Losapas; Homme Fatale; Prozac Nation

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