One Name as a Title

Male or Female, Forename or Surname as sole title to novels, plays, whimsies, sonnets or space operas.

No straplines or subtitles - just ONE name loud and clear.
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message 1: by Bettie (last edited Sep 29, 2009 02:09AM) (new)

Bettie Having not read them, I do wonder if Twilight and Eclipse are names of characters? If they are not personas then they need to come off.

ETA - Fever and Darkfever, any idea if these are the names of characters?


message 2: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Aren't Cranford and Middlemarch places rather than personal names?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, but "Germinal" is not a person's name, either -- it's the name of a month on the French republican/ revolutionary calendar.


message 4: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Palm/head - yes, of course! hahaha I'll remove it now.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Ditto the "place" novels. :)

It's a great list, btw!


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Ditto the "place" novels. :)

It's a great list, btw!"

"Shogun" is a title.



Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm dubious about not only Twilight, which I have read, as I can remember no character named "Twilight" in it, but also about "Dr. Death."


message 8: by Nova (new)

Nova I agree with the previous comment. Twilight and Eclipse do not belong on this list. No where in either story is the name of a character the same as the title of the book. Also, Darkfever is not the name of a character.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'd be willing to remove titles if there was general agreement on ones not fitting the terms of the list.


message 10: by Bettie (last edited Sep 29, 2009 11:45AM) (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "I'd be willing to remove titles if there was general agreement on ones not fitting the terms of the list."

sling 'em orff, dear Susie!
And Germinal!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yes, but which ones?

Twilight, Eclipse, Germinal.

Anything else?


message 12: by Greyweather (last edited Sep 29, 2009 12:03PM) (new)

Greyweather Shogun isn't a name, it's a title.

Julius Caesar is not a single name.


message 13: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "Yes, but which ones?

Twilight, Eclipse, Germinal.

Anything else?"


Those fever things and Dr Death - I'd tend to leave shogun alone as that's the way the dude was known, bit like ceasar *shrug*


message 14: by Greyweather (last edited Sep 29, 2009 12:22PM) (new)

Greyweather Ceasar is a title derived from a name. Shogun is just a title, like general, or emperor. There have been many shoguns (70) but it was never anyone's name, not even in the book (his name was Toranaga). They called someone shogun because it literally means "Commander of the Forces".


message 15: by Bettie (new)

Bettie I love these lists and the discussions they provoke - and that's all aside from the fact that they are memory joggers of titles read from 'back then' and inspiration for new reads to hunt down.


message 16: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 29, 2009 12:33PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I also have doubts about "Nemesis," by Agatha Christie.

Also "Sandstorm."

And "Hyperion," unless we are including the names of planets.


message 17: by Bettie (new)

Bettie All three of those should go into the wpb methinks.


message 18: by Greyweather (last edited Sep 29, 2009 12:44PM) (new)

Greyweather Susanna wrote: And "Hyperion," unless we are including the names of planets."

I thought Hyperion was the Greek god of light, father of the Sun.



message 19: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Grey - that should surely mean that Hyperion makes the grade here then.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Both Hyperion and Nemesis are names from Greek mythology -- they're both Titan deities (i.e., the generation preceding the Olympians). Can't speak to "Hyperion," but in Agatha Christie's "Nemesis," Miss Marple is dubbed "Nemesis" by another character, thus equating her with the ancient Greek deity of revenge.


message 21: by Lee (new)

Lee Ooops, I just deleted Shogun because I thought it didn't belong. Should I put it back?


message 22: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Lee wrote: "Ooops, I just deleted Shogun because I thought it didn't belong. Should I put it back? "

Greyweather reckons that it's not a name so it's to be deleted - thanks.


message 23: by Lee (new)

Lee Great, whew!


message 24: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Lee wrote: "Great, whew! "

I didn't realise you are one of those that can 'crank the doojahs' here - Julius Ceasar is not one name so could you flick it over there into the basket (which is near to overflowing after today's antics and I'm as guilty as the next person)

Thankee ma'am
xx


message 25: by Lee (new)

Lee Sure, with pleasure.


message 26: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Both Hyperion and Nemesis are names from Greek mythology -- they're both Titan deities (i.e., the generation preceding the Olympians). Can't speak to "Hyperion," but in Agatha Christie's "Nemesis,..."
Hamlet said that his father was to Claudius as "Hyperion to a satyr".



message 27: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Both Hyperion and Nemesis are names from Greek mythology -- they're both Titan deities (i.e., the generation preceding the Olympians). Can't speak to "Hyperion," but in Agatha Christie's "Nemesis,..."

Wiki says Hyperion was a Titan, a god of light. Saturn has a moon called Hyperion.


message 28: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I think Sandstorm was the Norse god of recycling, or maybe the Inuit god of high fructose corn syrup.


message 29: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "I think Sandstorm was the Norse god of recycling, or maybe the Inuit god of high fructose corn syrup."

There's a chapel in a Boston Subway station called "Our Lady of the Commuter Trains" I think there's probably a single German word for the same thing but I don't want to think about it. BTW: That must be some savage god, S/He of the High Fructose Corn Syrup. Here in the States we worship Cargill.


message 30: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 29, 2009 08:12PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What about I, Claudius?

It is, technically, two words. Or is that a problem?

"Mountolive"?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thom wrote: "Themis-Athena wrote: "Both Hyperion and Nemesis are names from Greek mythology -- they're both Titan deities (i.e., the generation preceding the Olympians). Can't speak to "Hyperion," but in Agatha Christie's "Nemesis,"..."
Hamlet said that his father was to Claudius as "Hyperion to a satyr"."


I know who Hyperion was in Greek mythology -- I meant the book with that title, which I can't comment on, not having read it.

Don't you go telling me all about Hamlet ... ;)




message 32: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Sep 30, 2009 01:51AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "What about I, Claudius?

It is, technically, two words. Or is that a problem?

"Mountolive"?"


According to Wikipedia, Mountolive is a last name.

Wasn't sure about "I, Claudius," when I added it -- but thought it was worth a shot. Technically, it's admittedly two words.

That said, "Vilette" refers to a town with that name where the novel's action takes place. If we're deleting the likes of "Middlemarch," "Cranford," or, for that matter, "Germinal" and "Shogun," shouldn't "Vilette" then have to go as well?

ETA: What about "Seabiscuit" and "Cujo"? Those are animals' names. Is this list about humans (and creatures that interact and, at least in one particular incarnation, look like humans, such as androids and mythological deities), or about all living creatures? Where then do we draw the line? (Plants?)


message 33: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Themis-Athena wrote: "Susanna wrote: "What about I, Claudius?

It is, technically, two words. Or is that a problem?

"Mountolive"?"

According to Wikipedia, Mountolive is a last name.

Wasn't sure about "I, Claudius," ..."


Yes. yes, yes to all your points there - picky is good here - I have a disatste for the II, III etc too

;O)


message 34: by Bettie (new)

Bettie I have no problem with a surname though - that is the nature of this list. A surname is just fine and dandy if that's the title and/or the way the character is addressed in the book, like Flashman for instance.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Agreed on surnames -- sorry if my earlier comment wasn't clear in that regard -- and likewise, for that matter, nicknames (e.g. "Sunshine").


message 36: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Thom wrote: "Themis-Athena wrote: "Both Hyperion and Nemesis are names from Greek mythology -- they're both Titan deities (i.e., the generation preceding the Olympians). Can't speak to "Hyperion,"..."

Sorry, Themis.....BTW, Who said "You can't have a hamlet without breaking a few eggs." ?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Faulkner? Hemingway? Dr. Seuss??


message 38: by Bettie (new)

Bettie My mum.


message 39: by Barbara Gem(ini) (new)

Barbara Gem(ini) Wasn't Tigana a name of a country, not a person?


message 40: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Is the list meant just to be novels/dramas? Because biographies are being added, like "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald.


message 41: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Lobstergirl wrote: "Is the list meant just to be novels/dramas? Because biographies are being added, like "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald."

Sorry Lobstergirl, I haven't made the title clear - just ye olde fiction please. I'll go up and add a little something to the description box to reflect that.
:O)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You want anything removed? I see "Seabiscuit," for example, which is non-fiction.


message 43: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "You want anything removed? I see "Seabiscuit," for example, which is non-fiction."

Orff with its head
:O)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Seabiscuit, nabbed.


message 45: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "Seabiscuit, nabbed."

:OP


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads See anything else you want gone, just lemme know.


message 47: by Reese (new)

Reese Since there are a few works with subtitles (or alternative titles?) on this list, I assumed that I could add Melville's PIERRE OR, THE AMBIGUITIES. Okay?


message 48: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Reese wrote: "Since there are a few works with subtitles (or alternative titles?) on this list, I assumed that I could add Melville's PIERRE OR, THE AMBIGUITIES. Okay?"

No straplines or subtitles - just one name loud and clear.


message 49: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bettie wrote: "Reese wrote: "Since there are a few works with subtitles (or alternative titles?) on this list, I assumed that I could add Melville's PIERRE OR, THE AMBIGUITIES. Okay?"

No straplines or subtitles ..."


What's a "strapline" ?


message 50: by Reese (new)

Reese Got it. Now I think a few more works need to go -- CLARISSA . . ., PAMELA . . ., PYGMALION . . ., FRIDAY . . . , MARTHE . . . .


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