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Jul 25 2011 9:46am

Book Title Fail

The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz CarlyleThe Fresh Meat review of Liz Carlyle’s latest, The Bride Wore Scarlet, notes that the heroine isn’t a bride until the epilogue, and she doesn’t wear red.

Therefore, the entire title is a fail.

Which leads us to ask: What are the best books with the worst titles you’ve read? Misleading, banal, or just ludicrous?

We found one such list from HowStuffWorks of “Unusual Book Titles;” here are some of the best:


Scouts in Bondage by Michael Bell
Be Bold with Bananas by Crescent Books
Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power
101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators by Lori Katz and
Barbara Meyer
How to Make Love While Conscious by Guy Kettelhack
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

What’s your pick for worst title?

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2 comments
Rachel Hyland
1. RachelHyland
I have got to read How to Read a Book! And, at last, some super uses for those ubiquitous tampon applicators... I mean, aside from the intended one, obviously. This list is gold.

My all-time terrible title favorite has to be Barbara Cartland's Love and the Loathsome Leopard, although the QoR offered up a whole bunch of other gems, as you will no doubt recall. Second favorite: Love is Contraband. Classic.
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
2. tnh
Alan Dean Foster's The Tar-Aiym Krang violates all of McIntyre's Rules of Titles -- hard to spell, embarrassing to try to pronounce, tells you nothing about the book, etc. -- but my favorite remains Jack Vance's Servants of the Wankh.
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