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Book titles are really important. Not just because they are needed to get a potential reader’s attention, but also because they’re what readers need to remember in order to buy or borrow a book. Certainly you’ve seen, and most likely participated, in the game of “it has a blue cover” when trying to remember what book you’re looking for while at a bookstore or library. As a person with a terrible memory, I manage to forget, mix-up, and straight up invent titles all the time. If you’re wondering how I do my job when I forget titles all the time, I keep many lists. Many. Lists. I also play the game “What’s the title of the space book…?” until someone (or my brain) or Google shouts the answer at me.
Now imagine when more than one book has the same title or super similar titles! Yup, my brain melts. Just kidding. But seriously, copyrighting book titles does not exist. And it shouldn’t because that would be absurd and we would certainly run out of titles and then start ending up with super long titles like usernames: The Missing Girls_875924. Plus, how would different publishing houses even know what is being worked on at the same time at another publisher? And that’s how we’ve arrived at this fun game of Not To Be Confused.
Battle Of The Royals: One of These is Not Like the Others!
Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1) by Lucy Parker
This is one of my all time favorite romance novels — which is fantastic as an audiobook — that is a grumpy sunshine pairing, partially set in a baking competition, and has a hilarious unicorn cake scene. It’s everything you want in a romance if you read contemporary romance, m/f, grumpy sunshine pairings. It is also nothing like the next book which is what many people thought I was talking about when I said this title!
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki (Translator)
Just one “e” makes a huge difference because we are no longer in HEA land. We are in *movie announcer voice* horror land! That’s right, there are no unicorn cakes here, there are only high school students on a deserted island told to kill one another until there is only one left. You can see how you wouldn’t want to mistake those two titles, even if you read both types of books.
Batter Royale by Leisl Adams
And finally we have one more entry: keep the “e” but tweak “battle” to “batter” and we’re back in the fluffy land arena. This time with a graphic novel, teens, and back to a baking reality show.
Not sure if I helped clarify some book titles or just made you confused by all the similar titles you weren’t aware of, but either way, hopefully romance, horror, and poetry readers can find a next read without the confusion.