Monday, May 11, 2009
I know that titles get re-used all the time. But it seems to me that one title to stay away from would be one that is pretty much unique, and very well known--unless you are deliberately alluding to the former famous work. And in any sane universe Kiss Me Deadly is a famous work, both as a novel and as a movie.
And yet this poor title has been subjected not only to association with one of the lowest grossing movies of all time, but also a totally non-noir (despite what the blurb might lead you to believe) Harlequin novel.
English is a large and evocative language, even when limiting one's self to phrases of no more than three words. It would be nice if people tried a little harder. Otherwise I am left to wonder whether they are hoping to make a few "accidental" sales, or so deficient in both literary and cinematic knowledge that they don't even know why that phrase felt a little familiar to them?