… when you see these titles:
Absolutely, ha, ha! I've got a hugely susceptible mind to having a song roll around in my head for weeks after just seeing its title in print. See what you've done to me, ha, ha! I'm going to be replaying “Car Wash” in my mind for the rest of December!
Isn't that what they're trying to do with their “song title” series? Evoke those memories?
I agree with the second and third song but as I only get to watch kids films 'car wash' has to be the xtina song from sharks tale LOL
some authors think it's cute and funny to gack song titles as their book titles. like, deliberately. Katrina Strauss does it for her Blue Ruin series. it's not cute. really, it's not. and lately, it's actually kinda annoying.
Val, err, sorry?? I had that bloody song in my head for ages after I saw the book cover for the first time. Hopeless, the pair of us. LOL.
Chris, holy crap. It's deliberate?? It's a series?? Well, there you go.
Tish, I remember that version! Now I want to see if I can find a clip of it. 🙂
Emmy: Have to say, I've never really noticed KS's titles. I've always called them BR1, BR4, etc.
Being honest, because I want the song to fit into the book as opposed to being used to reflect a theme or a scene or a whatever I sometimes get a little miffed when it doesn't. That's usually when the story hasn't been all that great though. If that makes sense.
Yup. Looks like they have three Amber Pax out with song themes, and another on the way.
God, there are heaps of them!! I know I've noticed a heap from AA, but I thought it was all just a big coincidence. Yet another example of me being totally oblivious.
I am not even going to click on them – I just got Car Wash out of my head a few months ago…
**damn, it's back – at least it's the Christina Aquilera version****
Just jumping in to say I LOVE Dusty Springfield! This song's my fave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA48IL6bQQU (Of course, it's best heard without the Sixties stylin' and the bad lip-synching.)
God, what a voice.
EH: Mwahahahahahahaha! And on that happy note I can face my day. 😀
KZ: I love Dusty Springfirld too and I adore that song. Now I feel like breaking out my fabbo Burt Bacharach CD. 🙂
Yes, definitely. I don't really care though one way or the other. I will notice but I'm not really a music person so besides a line or two and some humming I have no clue what the song is about really or if the book fits the song or vice versa.
Damn you! Now I have “At the Car Wash” stuff in my head!!
Dusty Springfield and The Queen, definitely yes.
I have to say it really annoys me as well, but not as annoying as when somebody plummeted to the bottom of the barrel and called their book “Breakfast at Tiffany's”. WTF? Stealing a song title is bad enough, but to completely steal another book/film title? Did they not run that past their lawyers?
Tam, I'm the other way around. Good with songs but not titles so when I see a a title I suddenly have the song in my head and what to know how the book relates to it. Okay, that definitely doesn't make sense. Fuck it.
Katiebabs: Gee, I'm sorry. Really, I am. Kiss, kiss.
Sara: So glad to know that I'm not the only one. Makes me feel less like a dork. LOL.
Sean: *It's alive!* “Did they not run that past their lawyers?” That's what I automatically wonder. That is, how can that happen without some sort of copyright infringement taking place. Maybe it has to be the whole piece of work unless you specifically trade mark the title??
I would think unless you called another song by the same name it's not a copyright thing. People name restaurants, books, their kids, etc. after anything and everything. I think it only becomes a problem if you had a book by the same name and even then when you do a search on Good Reads of a common title (I just randomly typed Every Little Thing with no clue if it was a real book or not) and I just got 6+ books with the same title, all different genres but the name is the same. I don't think you can copyright a name but you can the content of a book or song.
I am somewhat alive, yes. 😉 Brain starting to kick back in after Markapalooza Nov '09. Even did some writing yesterday for the first time in yonks.
Tam, people use quotes/lyrics for titles all the time, and although I think the use of song titles is a bit iffy, it was more the use of naming your book after something that is so well-known that just shows… either pure laziness or chutzpah. Maybe I'll name my next book “War and Peace” or “Gone With the Wind” 😉
Sean, you need to get your butt into gear, mate, cos I'm hanging out for that steampunk you're working on. 🙂
I also have a sudden urge to change the name of my blog. I'm thinking 'how to win friends and influence people' or 'dash and dingo'. Oh, or maybe 'bastards and pretty boys'? Yeah. That would work.
I love Dusty Springfield and Queen. Thanks for sharing those videos.
As for Car Wash, the original song and video crack me up. Memories from my younger days! 😀
*attempts to resist the call of YouTube*
I want to look, honestly I do…and now I can *grin* but I'm petrified of starting the week with those songs in my head 🙂
I'm hoping to have the first draft finished by Christmas. Or drink a lot. Maybe both. I have started work on it again, after an unwilling hiatus.
Call it “Dash and Dingo win friends and influence people by being bastards and pretty boys”.
Maybe that could be the title of “Dash and Dingo 3”.
Welcome Lily. 🙂
Orannia: “I'm petrified of starting the week with those songs in my head” Wuss!! Go for it. What's the point of getting a new computer if you don't take the opportunity to watch youtube first thing. 😉
Sean: I vote for both.
I think that would be a great title for D&D3. Alternatively it could be the tag line for the blurb.
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*sigh* Don't tell me I have to smack yet another Australian.
Well, at least you both live in the same city. Saves on airfare.
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