'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Today I want to share you a pet peeve I’ve had for a while now. I don’t think I’ve seen this one on any other blog yet, so I’m interested to see if you share my opinion. And if not, I’d love to see why you are on the other side!
This pet peeve of mine is:
The first book has the same title as the name of the series.
It bugs me that when there isn’t a different title for their first book. You know why it bothers me so much? If someone talks about, let’s say ‘The hunger games,’ I always wonder if they are talking about the first book or the complete series. It’s also hard to explain this to non-readers when you are talking about the movies, because they are often confused about the names. The first book is harder to identity as a book on itself.
It doesn’t have to be very spectacular. I mean, look at J.K Rowling. It’s ‘the Harry Potter series’ and the titles have the name of the series in it, but they still offer something else.
I just wish that those authors showed a little more.. imagination when they create names. I understand that it’s hard to come up with a good name that reflects the story, but having a separate title and series name has to be possible right? Take Maria Snyder’s ‘Study’ series with Poison study, magic study and fire study. There is no confusion possible and all she had to do was deleting X before study. Or Dan Wells with 'Partials sequence' and Partials, Fragments & Ruins.
Examples of authors who are doing it 'right':
-Marissa Meyer with her Lunar Chronicles, with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress & Winter.
-Leigh Bardugo with her Grisha series, with Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm and Ruin & Rising.
-Gail Carriger with her Soul Protectorate series, with Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless. Soulless would have been a good name for the series too, but I'm happy she didn't went there!
Example that annoys me:
-Sarah J. Maas with her Throne of glass series, with Throne of glass & Crown of midnight. Although I freaking love these books.
-Carrie Ryan with The forest of hands and teeth series, with The forest of hands and teeth, the dead-tossed waves and The dark and hollow places. One of my favorite zombie series, but ugh, I wish it had another series name.
Does this bother you too or is this something you haven’t thought about? Do you have any examples of authors who are doing it 'right' or 'wrong'? I know that they probably have a reason to keep the first title and the series name the same - and I definitely don't want to say I know what's best.