Last night I was sitting watching television when an advert came on for a latest release at the cinema. It was a horror (great!), starring Ryan Reynolds (hmmm, not so sure about that one), and it was called Buried!
Now this in itself isn’t particularly shocking, but for me it made my stomach sink, as Buried is also the title of my latest WIP.
I don’t like having to change the titles of my novels. It feels a bit like having to change the name of a baby after they are born. No matter what you tell yourself, you still think of the book/pet/baby by its original name. Anything else feels a bit like fraud.
However, this tact isn’t always the right one to take. One particularly famous name change was Twilight, which was originally called Forks. The publishers definitely did right on that name change. Forks doesn’t quite have the same ring as Twilight (and where would they have gone with the sequels…knives? spoons?).
Anyway, should I change my title? I am in the final leg of the novel now and I really don’t want to. It fits in perfectly with not only the book, but all three as a series. And it’s not like my novel is ever going to be held up there in the same league as a big Hollywood blockbuster (I’m a dreamer, but I’m not delusional!).
So what do you think? Change or not to change…That is the question?