Is the book title misleading?

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Re: Is the book title misleading?

Post by nadiadeana » 03 Jan 2018, 05:53

AliceofX wrote:
01 Jan 2018, 11:29
I also had problems with the title. As I read the book I thought the story with Margaret would be the most important one. In the intro, he even says it turned his life around. Sure, it's what makes him realize how self-centered he was, but honestly, it was a letdown. I expected something a bit grander. The book's title seems very random.
It does seem pretty random. I usually like titles with a deeper meaning. But on the other hand, despite Margaret's section of the story not being the most touching or impactful, to the author it may be just that.

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Post by Abayomi2060 » 03 Jan 2018, 07:24

I don't think the book title is misleading, because I got no hint of romance when I first saw the book. Thinking of it now though, another title would have been better

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Post by JuliaKay » 03 Jan 2018, 10:24

I disagree. I like titles that don't give away the story. Besides, most readers look at an overview or summary before beginning a book. I think this title is intriguing, and it does have something to do with his character's development.

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Post by Quartz » 03 Jan 2018, 11:16

I can see how some people think the title is misleading; however, I don't think it is. He said that Margaret taught him a very important lesson in life. Before Margaret, he believed that to be rich is someone who has had the most materialistic things in life, but because of that little girl in the red dress, he now knows that experiencing life is much more than having all of the fanciest things in life, or having the most attention, it's feeling grateful for what you have. To me, that is a very valuable lesson, possibly on of the most valuable he's learned in this book.

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Post by Lebs » 03 Jan 2018, 11:37

I think the book title was misleading and deliberately so- to convey the idea of a love story and to bank on that appeal marketing wise. However, I think this steals from the other more defining and fascinating encounters in the book, especially my favourite- the Maasai mother.

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Post by Whippet » 03 Jan 2018, 12:13

Hi there,

I think it wasn't necessarily misleading, but it wasn't the best choice. I agree that The Maasai Mother was a great story (for me, the best) and should have been honoured by being the book's title.

When writing a book of stories, fiction or nonfiction, you've got to make sure the story that reflects the major theme is the title story, I guess, so for the author presumably the story featuring Margaret (though he's titled it differently in the book!) is that lead story.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 03 Jan 2018, 12:22

Though the name of the novel slightly deviates from the story but it makes the book title light and delight ☺. So I have no issue with this title.
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Post by KitabuKitamu » 03 Jan 2018, 13:31

Much as the book title seems misleading, it points to what left the biggest impression on the author; an ordinary girl. Her singular action may not be remarkable to us but when one puts his feet in the author's shoes, it proves to be an unsettling experience. Not many would take it positively.

The title may also serve as a selling point for the book. It would prevent the material from competing with so many other motivational books once in the shelf.
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Post by christie_lynn33 » 03 Jan 2018, 14:14

If you could change the title, what would you change it to? I'm honestly curious. I just started an account so I'm going to read this book soon but I would like to know what you think would better suit the book. When I finish, I will also say what I think would be a better title for the book.

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Post by melissy370 » 03 Jan 2018, 14:15

I think think the author was brilliant in naming the title as he did. It got everyone talking about his book. Although, like others I thought it was a romance story as well.

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Post by Frenjie » 03 Jan 2018, 18:38

I haven't read the book yet but I agree to some extent that the title is misleading. The initial thought is that the book is a romance novel. But upon knowing it's a non-fiction that details the author's personal transformation, one may just be left confused. However, I believe the author has his own justifiable reason for titling his work as such.
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Post by Prottasha » 04 Jan 2018, 03:07

I don’t think the book tittle is misleading :D

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Post by BookHausJ » 04 Jan 2018, 05:48

You maybe correct. As far as I am concern the title of the book has a little significance to the story of Margaret. But that's the way it is. The Author is really creative. Remember he himself is a Businessman? Before he wrote it, one thing he should do is to think about how he can bring the Book to the Market. That's why, He think of something that the Market should really talk about. Even to the point of making the title a little related to the story of the Author. But the good thing is, the book is really Inspiring!

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 04 Jan 2018, 09:48

Who the cabbage is Margaret, anyway? She is only the character who made him realize how uninteresting his lectures were when the things he said did not cater to the desires of the audience. And to make a lecture desirable, It has to be tailored to the audience, i.e., talking of his business ideas to a bunch of kids is not the way to go.
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Post by brian360 » 04 Jan 2018, 10:02

I think is misleading because it explains how the author encountered many different people in his life until he met one particular person that changed everything

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