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Aug 24, 2010

Fantasy Titles

Courtesy of Orbit books:

Full Disclosure: I have a wip entitled, "Arena of the Dragons."

Yes, "dragon" is the most common word in fantasy titles. *grin*

Here's some other ideas for titles using these popular words (why not go with what works?):
Blood of the Death Dragon's Shadow God
Edge of the Dark Red Zombie Wolf
Bite of the Black Elf
Angel of the Sin Spells
Queen of the Iron Dragon Fire
Map of the Rising Ghost City
Tomb of the Seeker's Daughter
Kill the Assassin
Princess of the Silver Storm
Bound to the Witch Hunt

Cheesy? Sure! But look what happens when you try to come up with titles that don't sound traditionally fantasy:
An Accountant's Guide to Taxes
Things to Wear with Shoes
A Big Green Garbage Can
The Best Restaurants in South Carolina

Now, those may be great books, but if you were looking for sword and sorcery, they wouldn't be very appealing, would they?

How about the straight-forward approach:
Dudes With Pointy Sticks Kill Each Other
A Girl Grows Up Despite Being Chased by Weird Guys in Black Cowls
Hobbits Decide to Get Foot Wax
Farm Boy Makes it Big
Glowy Magic, Big City
Lifestyles of the Rich and Magical
Generic Castle, Unwieldy Sword and Winged Reptile
Elves By Any Other Name Would Have Ears Just as Pointy


Cruella Collett said...

Hahaha, these titles were brilliant! I started to name favourites, but then I ended up quoting every single one, so there wasn't must point. Great post! :)

ali cross said...

Ha! That's awesome! Those are quite the lists ~ and yep, I've used titles with those buzz words too!

Stephanie McGee said...


Think I'll use one of those for a short story one of these days.

Tara Maya said...

@ Cruella, thanks!

@ all. It's hard not to, isn't it, and still come up with something that "sounds" fantasy. To be not identified as the right genre is more deadly than to be a little cliche.

@ Stephanie. Please do, they aren't taken, as far as I know....and titles can't be copyrighted.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Hahahaha! I LOVE this post. :)