Doing the new books post the other day made me think of these two similar titles:
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots, Abby McDonald – a story about balancing idealism with realism (read the new books post for a slightly less brief summary), described by the Publisher Weekly review as a “fun summer read.” Good thing it’s summer.
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath, Steve Goldman – sort of like complete ridiculousness at an American high school as senior Mitchell navigates (stumbles) his way through teacher, student, friend, girlfriend, prom politics, with really funny results that are sometimes so horrendous it’s a shame you can’t read with your eyes closed. It has haiku chapter subtitles which obviously we approve of.
Long titles say “witty”, not angsty. For example like The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, or I Lost My Mobile at the Mall: Teenager on the Edge of Technological Breakdown. Randomly, there’s also the groundbreaking Tristram Shandy or more lengthily The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (an 18th century postmodern epic, it’s a challenge). Or something.
So if you’re writing the next great novel of wit, consider a longer, story-telling title.