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message 1: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Eaton Over the past few weeks, I have been a bit taken aback by the number of books I have seen advertised that include either the word "Girl" or "Missing" or "Gone" in them (or some close derivation of the above).

Add to that the number of books over the past two years with the words "Shades" or "Grey/Gray" in their titles.

Effective? Wise as a marketing tool? Confusing to consumers? Downright deceptive? Interested in your thoughts.

message 2: by Nancy (new)

Nancy J Personally, I think it's rather stupid. If it's a ploy to confuse or deceive, intelligent readers will know it.

message 3: by Nancy (new)

Nancy J Oh, and *I* wouldn't bother with reading it.

message 4: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Eaton I feel that way too, Nancy, but I have a hard time believing authors and publishers would do it if it didn't work.

Personally, I have a LOT of respect for the intelligence of most readers out there. Then again, I realized after I wrote this that I used Gone Girl as an example of an original mimicked by others...but was Gone Girl a title mimicking "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?"

But I am with you. Give me an original title over a derivative one any day.

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