Is the book title misleading?

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Re: Is the book title misleading?

Post by becsimpson » 03 Apr 2018, 10:10

It comes across as a romance boy met girl type novel based on the title. They could have perhaps used a subtitle saying "a collection of stories" or something like that.

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Post by atonykamau » 04 Apr 2018, 06:28

I didn't find the book to be misleading at all

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Post by Mwanyalo » 09 Apr 2018, 05:29

The title is misleading...It led me think of someone was lost and now ,she is found.I thought of romantic love when Margaret is met.

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Post by folkshot » 13 Apr 2018, 11:29

Agreed, I didn't think her story was the most pervasive out of the book. Figured she would be more prominent.

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Post by Shola0706 » 19 Apr 2018, 02:22

Although I have only read the reviews not the actual book, the title does seem to tend to romance or at the very least, say a lot about Magret.

When they say not to judge a book by its cover, does that include the title too?

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Post by Zelinda » 25 Apr 2018, 20:16

I too had problems with the title, mainly because it reflected the content of only one chapter and didn't really point to the dozens of inspirational people described in the chapters of the book.
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Post by Eva Darrington » 26 Apr 2018, 09:11

The agree the title does imply that Margaret will be a more significant figure than she ends up to be. However, my impression is that Rob White felt the lesson offered by Margaret was one of the most important for him. My impression was the lesson the Margaret story really imparted was one of empathy. I don't know if White even knew this, but it truly was an important life lesson. I think he chose a clever title, without even knowing just how important the Margaret story was to him.
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Post by Sushan » 23 May 2018, 10:14

I totally agree with you. Initially I also thought that this is some sort of romance. Even after reading the reviews I thought this is a story ofa man who became different because of a woman. But I gaveit a try and currently reading it. With the introduction only I came to know who is Margaret and why it is named so. So, ina glance, the name is misleading. But still I think naming something in a odd way is sort of a way to attract people towards it. Even to blame it, you talk about it. Who knows how the author thought about it!! He is a businessman and might be having a completely different kind of thinking compared to us :roll: :eusa-think:
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Post by scratchcat318 » 30 May 2018, 16:42

I agree completely. Based on the title alone, I thought this book would be about a man who has a really bad life and how this person named Margaret completely changes it around. I can see why you would think it's reflective of a romance novel, as it is a very misleading title. It's a shame because it's a very catchy sort of title, but I think its very misleading towards what the plot of the book is about.

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Post by book_worm 101 » 30 May 2018, 19:46

Yes, very much so.

At first I thought, "Aww. It's an autobiography of him meeting his significant other." However, after reading the description, I was shocked to find out I was way off.

I am currently reading this book and I do like it a lot. The title does go with the story, but it's just not what you'd expect. He said it himself in the introduction, "...Margaret, the youngest and most influential of the unexpected gurus in my life... Since then, Margaret's positive impact has been ongoing. That's why I named this entire collection of stories after her."

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Post by Jgideon » 31 May 2018, 05:58

Every author has the freedom to choose the title of their book and that's something I have learned to appreciate. I have read and reviewed the book and I believe the author's choice for the title was quite personal and he had no intentions of misleading the reader. I got the feeling that he did not want his title to reflect that of any other self-help books out there.

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Post by Jgideon » 01 Jun 2018, 23:56

For someone who has not gone through the book, it can be. However, after reading the story anyone would understand why the author chose that kind of a topic.

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Post by Wesley Liu » 02 Jun 2018, 22:22

The book title seems completely misleading to me. "And Then I Met Margaret" really stands out to me as a romantic novel about someone finally meeting either the love of their life or the "hate" of their life. Of course, people have different interpretations of words, which could have lead the author to make a subtle decision about his title that would stand out to readers in a radical way.

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Post by Laura Bach » 07 Jun 2018, 10:20

I was actually fascinated by the title. I also thought it was some sort of love story or a very important lesson and I was disappointed when she appeared. I waited for her since I started the book, thinking her story was going to be better than those before and it was misleading. It was important, but it was not mind-blowing, as I expected. I wouldn't have chosen this title.

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Post by Shrabastee » 15 Jun 2018, 03:51

Yes, based on the title, I had the same preconceived notion that it was a romance book. I did not even think of picking it up until after I read a review. The reading experience was great as I mentioned in my own review, but I believe changing the title could have helped.

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