Thursday, June 23, 2011

Never Judge a Book By Its... Title

n.k. jemisin writes here about the process of having the titles of her books changed and selected by her publisher:
The original titles of all three novels were The Sky God’s LoverThe Bright God’s Bane, and The Broken God’s Get. And I’d labeled the trilogy as a whole a somewhat hippieish “Earth and Sky”, though I was waffling between that and “the War of Earth and Sky” because I thought fantasy trilogy titles needed more words. (OK, not really. I was actually just trying to capture the feel of old-school epics, a la “the Epic of Gilgamesh” and “the Sundiata Cycle”. But also, I thought it needed more words.)

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