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:
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!
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.