Suitability of the Title

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Re: Suitability of the Title

Post by holsam_87 » 16 Dec 2018, 01:34

The title works fine since it taps into the fears of all the characters.
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Post by fernsmom » 16 Dec 2018, 10:19

I don't only pick books by the title but I was thinking it was a horror book as well between the title and the art work. A little misleading, but it also can go with the genre it really is. Plus, more of a surprise then of what the book is really about which is good. I normally skim what the book is about as well so for me- no big issue.

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Post by Julie Green » 16 Dec 2018, 16:10

In my view, the title is frightening and makes me think the book will be a thriller - so very fitting, frankly.

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Post by Kibetious » 16 Dec 2018, 22:37

The subject matter of the book sound terrifying and so I believe the title is very suitable for this. It even adds curiosity for one to delve into this book especially as combined with the cover picture.
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Post by Amystl26 » 19 Dec 2018, 17:18

Mely918 wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 00:15
I think the title is misleading. I initially thought this book was a horror not just because of its title, but also because of its cover art. In my opinion, the author ought to at least come up with a better title. Perhaps a simple one word title that can draw readers in and let them know right away that this is a suspense novel.
Ohhh! A one-word title is a great idea! That would definitely make me think SUSPENSE.

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Post by Bavithra M » 20 Dec 2018, 10:21

Though the title of the book make the reader think that it is a horror story (but it is not so) still i feel that the book title suits the book because of its suspense factor.
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Post by Ehartl » 20 Dec 2018, 13:28

"Fear" doesn't always have to equate to "horror". Fear is subjective; everyone is afraid of something and those fears can be different from person to person. Although this is not a "horror" book, it still instills plenty of fear being suspense and mystery. One of the greatest fears is that of the unknown.

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Post by ViziVoir » 20 Dec 2018, 21:23

The definition of a "horror book" is pretty vague - for example, does a horror book need to have a monster or other supernatural elements, or can it involve psychological horror that could (theoretically) happen in real life? It's clear that some readers have definitions that don't line up with the author's, which could point to the author doing too little research in their target genre.

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Post by centfie » 22 Dec 2018, 02:56

The core theme of the story involves fear. The title is used in a metaphoric sense and is aligned with the story. The Face of Fear is a suitable title.
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Post by stacie k » 22 Dec 2018, 10:19

I think the title is appropriate. However, the title in conjunction with the book’s cover seems misleading. The author seems to have succeeding in appealing to horror fans, but many seem disappointed with the delivery.
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Post by Kibetious » 22 Dec 2018, 14:53

It is true that to those who expected a horror story, they had a big disappointment since this is almost a normal story. But maybe it was not to be taken literally.
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Post by Browlyns » 22 Dec 2018, 15:14

The story is about murder, kidnapping etc.The story line and the title in my opinion is suitable, it refers to fear faced by characters and not readers.

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Post by ea_anthony » 22 Dec 2018, 16:52

One could easily say the title and book cover are misleading, however i would rather look at these as good marketing strategy. The title is catchy and the cover plays on the popularity of a horror classic.
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Post by amandathebibliophile » 22 Dec 2018, 17:45

The title and the cover appear to have the same issue of not really doing justice to the book. I didn’t read the whole book, but the sample and reviews I did read clearly point to this being a suspenseful thriller. But the title and cover indicate a horror story. Gives literal meaning to not judging a book by its cover!

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Post by ayoomisope » 23 Dec 2018, 01:03

Mely918 wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 00:15
I think the title is misleading. I initially thought this book was a horror not just because of its title, but also because of its cover art. In my opinion, the author ought to at least come up with a better title. Perhaps a simple one word title that can draw readers in and let them know right away that this is a suspense novel.
I don't really see the title as misleading though. Maybe I'm just not used to titles of horror stories
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