May 19, 2017

A'tishoo A'tishoo, we all fall down

Here is a new clutch of repetitive book titles. 

The old nursery rhyme Ring a Ring o'Roses  etc ... has numerous versions and hotly-debated origins, including that it may have something to do with some long-ago plague in which you sneezed, then went round and round, fell down and croaked. 

After spinning around all the huge number of books that include variations of the last phrase  - All Fall Down, We All Fall Down and  They All Fall Down - I feel ready to fall in a heap myself. (And this doesn’t include all the movies, music albums, poems or songs as well, but there are an awful lot of them from kids’ music to folksy to “explicit” hip hop.) 

So here are just a few random covers of the many books with falling-down titles - quite a number of self-published efforts, plus the odd one to do with drugs or unstable architecture. (Please note clicking on these images takes you nowhere and if interested in any of them you can do your own investigative Googling.)

Yup, all that going round and round ...
This is a pretty cool cover!

Same book, different edition

A really early one from the 1960s

So yet again this is a plea to all authors and publishers out there: you’ve invested all your blood, sweat, tears into writing and publishing your fabulous book but have failed to find a title that will give it the edge in a highly competitive market. It is really worth going that extra mile or two to find one that stands out.

Similar advice here from wiseinkblog and this general list from Goodreads is worth browsing for stand-out titles that we all know well. Just a word of caution; don’t make your title too long because that makes it a bit hard to remember.

On the other hand, though, if you’re aged about 8 or 9, you will find any title featuring Captain Underpants highly memorable. I mean, who could possibly forget a book called Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)? 

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