Is the book title misleading?

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Re: Is the book title misleading?

Post by V_bansal2912 » 22 Feb 2018, 00:28

The title of the book is the first thing that will attract you towards it. If the title is not good and does not convey the feelings in the book properly, then it feels like a cheating to the readers. The book's title in this case says something romantic or related to friendships...but the book was not what I expected.

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Post by Hheaton » 22 Feb 2018, 14:48

I think that the title is super commercial. It grabs a potential reader's attention, which is sort of the point. I could see it being misleading with the whole romance thing. But I wouldn't know that before reading it. I'd grab the book off of the shelf with a title like "And Then I Met Margaret" and see if it was something I'd be interested in. I'd read the description and still be intrigued. Then once I read the book, perhaps I would feel as you did... But I am not sure I'd care.

Sometimes it's nice to be wrong about a book. It can mean that it surprised you and made you think differently. Predictable can be boring. And no writer, or publisher for that matter, wants to produce boring.

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Post by Emmanuel Michael » 24 Feb 2018, 18:28

The book title didn't, at all reflect what was inside the book, it only kept me wondering what kind of nonfiction book it was. Although I enjoyed reading the book and the lessons which it imparted but if a person who is a reader of romance would see the book he would purchase it thinking its of the genre he presumed

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Post by R-Myra » 25 Feb 2018, 07:17

When I first heard about this book, I thought it would be a romance or fiction novel. So I was a little disappointed by the title. I think the book title is misleading.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 25 Feb 2018, 11:39

I think the title is misleading because the theme doesn't revolve around Margaret's story.

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Post by mingyums » 25 Feb 2018, 12:28

I agree with most of what's been expressed already. I felt that the title really hyped the character of Margaret up and made me feel she'd be the most pivotal character. While I enjoyed it anyway, there's always a bit of a let down when the title is misleading. I didn't expect romance from the title however but I can see why someone would expect that from it.

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Post by JavaDaBud » 25 Feb 2018, 13:01

Even though I liked the book, I still think that the title needs an improvement. Margaret wasn't what you would call a "main character", and the title gives the impression of a romance novel. Thus, I'd say the title is pretty much misleading.

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Post by Disneyland » 25 Feb 2018, 22:58

The title of the book is a good point of reflection!

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Post by Tzara Drusak » 26 Feb 2018, 12:09

And Then I Met Margaret does have a slight misleading aspect. I, like many readers, assumed the novel was centrally romantic, and was surprised when I discovered it to not be so. However, the title doesn't directly imply romance. It could also be inferred that the protagonist discovered something or changed his way of looking at certain things upon encountering something or someone the 'Margaret' perhaps not even a person, which is the general vein of the book.
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Post by Roggyrus » 26 Feb 2018, 18:46

The title is not really that eschewed from the story. The gist of the "Margaret episode" is that we sometimes do things so eagerly with so much gusto for other people that we overlook the real need and desire of those we try to help. Rob is bent on elucidating to the teens the principles of good business practice when all that Margaret was interested in is the opinion about her red dress. So, in effect, we might have been rescuing a fish from the water.

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Post by drei97 » 26 Feb 2018, 20:39

In my opinion, the title does not necessarily suggests a romantic plot. But yes, I agree that it is misleading. It gives the implication that "Margaret" is the most important character in the narrative. It was as if things were not going well for the author, and then he meets this "Margaret" and suddenly everything turned better. The title suggests that the girl in the name of Margaret was the major twist in the tale when she turns out to be just like all the other "unexpected gurus". Not that she was unimportant, but the part of the book intended for her was relatively shallow and fast-paced.

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Post by JPbrar » 26 Feb 2018, 21:01

I don't believe so. I think the title cues the reader to look at the lesson taught by Margaret with a keener eye. After some reflection, you begin to understand that Margaret serves to bring the book "full-circle,'" as her lesson of selflessness was one of the first ones taught to the author by his Aunt.

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Post by TheWriteAngel » 28 Feb 2018, 06:54

I don't think the title is appropriate as the Margaret story didn't have as much impact on the writer's life as some of his other stories did. I was disappointed when I read this chapter. I have also mentioned this point in my review of the book. Feel free to take a look and leave some feedback. :)

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Post by Samy Lax » 28 Feb 2018, 07:12

I beg to differ. These kind of titles that don't betray what's inside the book are the best. Also, the readers can't be fooled as they will read the blurb on the back cover of a paper book or the summary of an ebook before going for it anway.
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Post by bijyu » 28 Feb 2018, 07:43

It is a bit misleading because it makes you expect a romance novel but I don't think it's a bad title.

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