Can someone explain the titles of Kresley Cole’s books to me? I mean, from a marketing perspective. It seems absolutely confusing that books that are damn near unforgettable would be marketed with titles so similar to one another that I cannot keep them straight. I mean, take a look at the literal list:
Come ON NOW. Those last three, how the crap am I supposed to distinguish between them?
The subject of Cole’s titles came up in a discussion with a few nefarious bloggers, and I pointed out that I can’t tell them apart if you pay me. In fact, even making that list right there meant one tab had the Cole backlist in order, one tab had the ISBN lookup, and one page had cover illustrations to try to nudge my memory.
And you know, now that I think about it, the covers don’t help me that much either. If you list them by cover art, it’s
Vampire with Blonde Chick
Red Background with Pleather Girl
Snape Gazes at Redhead’s Jugular
Mr. Kamp, this is not helping.
Jane from DearAuthor suggested retitling them as if they were Harlequin Presents Novels:
1 – The Billionaire General’s Marriage Revenge
2 – The Lykae’s Virgin Mistress
3 – The Russian Tycoon’s Reluctant Bride
4 – Bedded at the Beastlord’s Convenience
5 – Under the Vampire Lover’s Command
6 – The Rich Mercenary’s Secret Baby Plan
Not bad. She also suggested a more simple list that cracked me up like damn and whoa:
1 – Mysty the Vampire Slayer
2 – The Lykae’s Secret Virgin Mistress
3 – The Amazing Hie
4 – The Witch and the Beastlord
5 – The Ghost and Mr. Madman
6 – Lick My Horns
I’m more literal in my memory needs, however, so I’ve been playing with a few styles of Renaming Kresley Cole’s Books. The best names are the ones I’m trying desperately to memorize alongside the more interchangeable actual titles. It’s “Friends” style subtitling, and is utterly unimaginative.
The one with in the anthology.
The one with the Vampire and the Valkyrie
The one with the Hie
The one with the Lykae and the Super Witch
The one with the Hot ghost and the Crazy ass
The one with the Slacker Demon and the Prissy Mathematician
No marketing department is going for that, right? So here’s my last group. I think this set really rocks:
Myst Mountin’ on Top
The Vampire and His Little Lady
The Hie, The Cold, and the Warlord
Monkey Sex on a Dusty Tree
Wicked Pee on an Electric Fence
Demon Desires Swamp Girl
Come on! That’s sales gold, right there, is what that is.