The Girl Whose Daughter’s Husband’s Wife

Ugh, these stupid book titles!

It a trend that’s still happening – unfortunately – and one that has been written about (negatively) by women for years now.

A huge part of feminism and gender equality is about women not needing a man to define who they are. And yet we have a never-ending stream of books with titles like these:

The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMilleThe Madman's Daughter by Megan ShepherdThe Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy TanThe Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

In fact, recently on a “how-to” romance writing blog, an article about titles (written by a woman) actually recommended authors follow this fad when coming up with names for their stories!

I suppose that if this trend continues and someone suddenly wants to write my biography, there are a few options for the title. Maybe The War Veteran’s Daughter.

A title like that says NOTHING about me, just as the real book titles tell you all about the men in the protagonist’s life, but nothing about her.

Another one I find frustrating is how it is so often“The Girl” in titles. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for example. The “girl” in that book is in her mid-twenties!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

You rarely see books with titles like The twenty-four-year-old Boy with the Daffodil Tattoo!

This trend takes the female protagonist and removes her own identity, and instead ties it to someone else. And under no circumstances should protagonists – even young adults – be referred to as “girls”!

It’s especially infuriating that the alleged “we celebrate women” genre of romance is encouraging this trend to continue.

3 thoughts on “The Girl Whose Daughter’s Husband’s Wife

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  2. It’s unfortunate because the Swedish title was Män som hatar kvinnor which translates to “Men Who Hate Women.” I think the publisher wanted a “bestseller” title 😦

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