Fuse #8 recently had lots of good things to say about The Puzzling World of Winston Breen. Around the same time, we had The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle checked out from the library, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was sitting atop a stack of books that 8-year-old S was ready to part with.
Not long before, I’d been thinking about The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the similarity of the structure of those books’ titles — The Intriguing Noun [or Adjective-Noun Combo] of Catchy Character Name — with the title I came up with for my J.R. manuscript (The Blankety Blank of Blank Blank Blank).
Now I’m wondering, is this an overused approach? I bet there are other such titles I’ve missed. Which have you noticed?
I found myself wondering the same thing just the other day, after reading The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley by Martine Murray. (Australian book, 2004) for Mother Reader’s 48 book challenge.
Good one, Charlotte. Earlier this morning, I’d thought that Lesley M. M. Blume’s brand-new The Rising Star of Rusty Nail qualified, but I’ve since come to learn that “Rusty Nail” is a place and not a person…
Very intersting blog… But what is bartography???