Have you ever wondered about some of the world’s most prominent books and their titles? Have you ever taken the time to consider the intricacies of naming a masterpiece? If you’ve ever wondered, the following information may come in handy.
Very often, the first draft titles of popular books have been quite different from what the world has gotten to know and love.
Here’s a simple example. We’re all familiar with one of Jane Austen’s most prominent works – Pride and Prejudice. Initially, the draft was titled First Impressions. Austen, however, was inspired by other literary masterminds like Franny Burney. Burney had the phrase pride and prejudice appearing in one of her works. The rest is history.
While some have managed to put the perfect title to their brilliant work, this hasn’t always been the case.
Many authors who face absolutely no difficulties in terms of putting together the ideal novel have had intense problems with title creativity. One of the most talented and brilliant individuals in the world of literature, Lewis Carroll, wasn’t an exception. In such instances, the talent of editors was revealed. As difficult as it may be to believe, others have often been the individuals responsible for some of the more recognizable book names.
There’s a simple reason why many writers struggle with titles.
Authors are emotionally attached. They live through their protagonists. They know the world in intimate details. As a result, they often find it impossible to take a detached look. A person who is unbiased may find it a whole lot easier to grasp the essence of the novel and to give it a title that does the masterpiece justice.
We’ve come across a number of fascinating stories when it comes to famous books and how they’ve acquired their titles. The following infographic presents some of the most intriguing examples. Enjoy!