Thoughts on titles

1. I spent half an hour lying in bed the other day, idly wondering why how the title Twilight reflected the book Twilight. Don't worry, I figured it out eventually. It was quite early on a Saturday morning. 2. There is an award in the Smoshkas (my peeps' special Oscars party) called the Gaynigger. The award is for the worst title of the year, in honour of the film called Gayniggers from Outer Space which, due to me inheriting a hard drive with lots of random stuff on it, I now somehow own (but haven't watched). Previous nominees for the Gaynigger have included: The Hottie & the Nottie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres, Gory Gory Hallelujah and The Slammin' Salmon.

3. I was thinking, the other day, about book titles that I like. The three I immediately thought of were: Don't Call Me Ishmael Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

4. I've always struggled with titles. My first book was so hard to title, that in the end it never got one, which is why I called it Joan of Arc: the story of Jehanne Darc. I wanted to call it Hot Chick or Fahrenheit Joan, but somehow my publisher didn't find that very funny. Scatterheart was called East of the Sun until pretty much the last moment, when I heard a Bjork song and a lightbulb went off. Angel Fish was The Army of Lost Children for ages, and it's Company of Angels in the UK. Pink started out as Pink Is For Girls. The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend was originally Spelling Mistakes, but we decided that gave too much of a witchy impression.

5. So I'm feeling pretty chuffed that the only title work to be done for the new book was changing it from A Pocket Full of Eyes to A Pocketful of Eyes.

What are your favourite book/film titles?