If more books came with honest and descriptive subtitles, the reading landscape would be a lot less treacherous, especially for those of us who often invest our emotions deeply in a story, only to find ourselves betrayed somewhere down the line.
Because... you know. Some books are just amazing.
You want to know up front what you're getting into. That's why I suggest that publishers consider adding honest subtitles to fiction books.
Here are a few suggestions. Take them for what they're worth.
Honest Book Titles:
- Great Expectations: Life is Disappointing and Everyone Is Terrible
- Code Name Verity: Total Emotional Destruction
- Sabriel: In Which a Talking Cat is More Attractive than the Male Protagonist
- The Historian: A Vampire Book You Don't Have to Be Embarrassed to Admit You've Read
- Jane Eyre: A Toxic Relationship to Warm Your Heart
- Passage: A Fine Book if You Pretend that the Last 1/3 Doesn't Exist
- Sackett's Land: The One You Can Skip
- Mockingjay: Unspooling Loop of Swirling Melodrama
- Farseer Trilogy/Liveship Traders/Tawny Man: WARNING: FOOL ALERT: You Can Never Go Back to Not Wondering
Until publishers pick up on this trend, perhaps it's up to us, the readers, to provide this service for one another.
Feel free to chime in with your own Honest Book Titles.
The world needs this.