*Two K posts today people! Two! Scroll down if you want to see my post on Killer Scars!*
A couple months back I read Save the Cat—it’s a screenwriter’s Bible, but it’s great for any writer. Author Blake Snyder talks about four things every logline should have. One of them is a Killer title. What exactly constitutes a killer title? Well, according to the fabulous Mr. Snyder: “A great title must have irony and tell the tale.”
In other words, you must have a title that's completely selling and telling.
Think about it—if you never saw a preview for a movie or read a book flap. You skip the TV Guide. You ignore the one line pitch. What grabs you? What makes you want to read THAT book? Or see THAT movie? With thousands of movies to see, a katrillion books to read—in today’s ADHD society, you need a killer title to make people stop and go hmmmm.
So, some killer titles?
Here are some of my fave movie and book titles—ones that “had me at hello.”
Dead Man Walking
Back to the Future
Swim the Fly
The Lovely Bones
Living Dead Girl
Does every fab novel have a killer title? No, but in an age where a lot of talented people are auditioning their manuscripts for Agent Idol, having a killer title can be the hook that reels you in.
SO –what are some of YOUR favorite titles?