Is the book title misleading?

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Re: Is the book title misleading?

Post by sepicatt » 28 Feb 2018, 10:37

I agree with most that the title is misleading. While I don't think it necessarily screams romance novel, it does make it sound like Margaret is the person who really impacted his life but that isn't what I found. A better title could've related to the whole idea of ordinary gurus. Maybe something along the lines of the Seven People You Meet in Heaven book.

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Post by vinodsai » 28 Feb 2018, 23:28

The title "And Then I Met Margaret" is misleading because everyone thinks this as a romance novel and Margaret is not even the main character in the novel.

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Post by qsusan » 04 Mar 2018, 12:26

The title did feel misleading to me. I thought it was a Christian book until I read the book descrption and review, then I wasn't so sure anymore. It wasn't until I read the book itself, that I realised that it wasn't a book about salvation or redemption but one about self discovery and realisation.

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Post by Samy Lax » 04 Mar 2018, 13:01

Well, to be honest, I did - at one point - feel that the book was fiction and romance, considering that the title mentioned meeting someone called Margaret. But, boy, was I wrong! Haha. Yes. the title is a bit misleading if you think of it that way.
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Post by Londera » 04 Mar 2018, 17:37

I dont think it was misleading. I like titles that arent so obvious, especially for this kind of story.

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Post by Jkhorner » 05 Mar 2018, 10:27

Contrary to what several people said, I didn't think "ah, romance novel" at all. It actually seemed appropriate to name the book after one of the unintentional gurus. Perhaps he should have named it after one of the other people he met. But if Margaret really was his turning point, then maybe he should have made that chapter better rather than name it for a different guru that didn't affect him as much.

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Post by Emie Cuevas » 06 Mar 2018, 23:23

I think the title is appropriate for what the author wanted to convey. what cause me concern was that he met her half way through the book, not at the end, so it's misleading form that point of view.

Perhaps if he added "then life got better!" it would fit the books contents better.
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Post by SRStrader » 07 Mar 2018, 13:14

I think sometimes a misleading title helps the author. People who wouldn't generally pick up a non fiction book might if they thought it wasn't.

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Post by angelbeats1 » 07 Mar 2018, 13:52

I feel like it does not really matter in the long run. Readers are constantly reminded to never "judge a book by its cover", or in this case title. I would argue that the summary is more of a hit or miss. That's what tells you exactly what to expect from that certain book. Titles can be misleading and usually designed to reel the readers in.

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Post by BookInspector300 » 07 Mar 2018, 20:47

It did mislead actually. Imagine my surprise when the book turned out to be a collection of stories and not centered on one character. I thought he was going to give an exposé on how he met the love of his life or something.

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Post by dhomespot » 09 Mar 2018, 07:09

I haven't read the book, but judging by the comments, the book title seems to be of concern. As a book of self journey, Margaret sounds like she may have been "the straw that broke the camel's back". That one defining moment that can turn a person's direction in a whole new way. The comments here alone do make me want to pick up the book.
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Post by Delioness » 09 Mar 2018, 12:30

The title depicts the book as romantic, but from the reviews its obvious that the title is misleading. Since I've not read it, I don't think I'll consider reading it. Hope the others enjoy it.

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Post by Samisah » 14 Mar 2018, 13:10

Very good question. The title of this book does not really tell the story of the book. Yes, she changed him, but then he met more interesting and more inspiring people apart from her. So yes, the didn't go well with the book.

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Post by Samisah » 14 Mar 2018, 13:13

Very good question. The title of this book does not really tell the story of the book. Yes, she changed him, but then he met more interesting and more inspiring people apart from her. So yes, the title didn't go well with the book.

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Post by rcarr13 » 14 Mar 2018, 17:08

I haven't read the book yet, but I too thought this would be a romance novel, which I'm not a fan of, based on the title. After reading reviews, I think I would really like this book, and I'm glad I looked at the reviews.

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