What’s in a name..


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Frequently Used Words In X genre book Titles

Reading plenty of fantasy books you do occasionally come across the same words for titles – I’ve noticed particular, Blood, Death, Dark, Poison, etc – I’m noticing a theme right there.  Anyhow, I’ve chosen words that I think crop up every now and again (sometimes I’ve used the plural – like wolf/wolves – and these are books that I’ve either read, owned or have on my shelf.  And, for the sake of avoidance – none of these ‘word’ choices in titles are intended as a criticism.  This is simply for fun value and for books I’ve either loved or would love to read.  I did check out some of these words by typing into Goodreads and quite a few (aka a lot) came up with over 100 pages worth of books with the word in the title!  Here goes:

  1. Grave – Grave Peril, Grave Sight, Graveyard Shift, The Graveyard book, Three Graves Full
  2. Prince – Prince of Thorns, Prince of Fools, HP and the Half-blood Prince, The Prince and the Pauper, The Cruel Prince, Prince Caspian
  3. Blood – Blue Bloods, Blood Promise, Anna Dressed in Blood, Days of Blood and Starlight, Blood Bound, Blood Rites, Blood Song, The Queen of Blood, With Blood Upon the Sand, Bloodshot, Of Blood and Honey, Saints Blood, Iron and Blood, Tainted Blood
  4. Dragon – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dance with Dragons, Red Dragon, A Natural History of Dragons, The Dragon Engine, Twilight of the Dragons, The Dragon Round, The Dragon’s Path, How to Train Your Dragon, Nice Dragon’s Finish Last
  5. Witch – The Witches, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Discovery of Witches, Witch Child, The Witches of Eastwick, The Witches of New York, Warrior Witch, The Witch at Wayside Cross, Truthwitch, Witches of Lychford, The Sisters of Witchdown,
  6. Tower – Tower of Thorns, the Girl in the Tower, The Tower Lord, Two Towers, Dark Tower,
  7. Ghost – The Ghosts of Sleath, Range of Ghosts, The Girl with Ghost Eyes, Ghostwalkers, The Ghost Bride, The Canterville Ghost
  8. Legend – Legend of Ellie Quinn, I am Legend, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Legend of Eli Monpress,
  9. Wolf – Wolf Road, Wolf’s Empire, City of Wolves, The Tiger and the Wolf,  Black Wolves, Wolf by Wolf, Den of Wolves, Wolf Hall
  10. Your suggestion??

That’s it for me this week 😀

19 Responses to “What’s in a name..”

  1. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Fantasy sure does love its dragons and blood. 😀 I’m a little surprised at how many “Witch” and “Wolf” titles there are, though!

    • @lynnsbooks

      TBH there were more – but I thought I’d just stop with what I had.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I never realized “Wofl” shows up so much but really, it shouldn’t surprise me because I just reviewed The Wolves of Winter yesterday. I LOVE your list and it’s very appropriate!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I could have had a longer list – knife, sword, king, princess. All good though. I love fantasy.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    Great list, I’m sure I own books that have these words in their titles. In some cases you know exactly what genre you’re getting because of those words!

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I like these lists that covered the multitude of common words, I just fixated on one 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I wish I’d thought to stick of one. I’m such an idiot at times.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, you know something funny, to get ideas for this week’s topic I actually looked up Mark Lawrence’s Wordle that he made using the titles of the 250 SPFBO entrants for 2016. King, Magic, Shadow, and Blood were the top four, so I just went down the list doing searches of my Goodreads shelves 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      What a good idea. I settled on going down my GR shelf – but I had to make things more difficult by not making a note of things when I spotted them.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Greg

    Blood shows up a lot doesn’t it?? Wow and wolves too- wouldn’t have thought of that one! Lots of witches too apparently, and of course royalty. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Royalty – should have just used that one word to encompass Prince, Princess, King and Queen – it would have been a very long list.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    It’s true that those words come an awful lot in fantasy. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      They do – but I suppose you almost become complacent about it really. I can’t say it bothers me a great deal tbh – providing the content hits the right notes.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    A great list, Lynn:). This TTT is so much fun to follow! My suggestions – for what they’re worth – heir, winter, sword…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Winter – what a great choice. I bet there are lots of great books with winter in the title.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I was thinking that we might use SOME of these as suggestions for the next tranche of Friday Face-off covers, should Proxy need a hand…

      • @lynnsbooks

        That’s a cunning plan indeed 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, great frequently used fantasy words – I’ve got to admit I don’t think there can ever be too many titles with the word ‘dragon’ in 😀 On my historical fiction list, my most frequently used word was ‘queen’ and I can imagine that might be pretty popular in fantasy too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes – Queen is a very popular word for fantasy book titles.
      Lynn 😀

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