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charon ([personal profile] charon) wrote on June 1st, 2011 at 03:15 pm
The random-romance-novel-title-generator*
I just checked something on Amazon and saw a book recommendation for a book called "Glühende Dunkelheit" (glowing darkness), which looked quite similar to "Soulless". Turned out it IS in fact the German translation of that very book.

Now, nothing wrong with translating books, however, totally abandoning the original title is. If you know the book (if not, I highly recommend it, if you are in need of something fun that doesn't take itself too seriously) you'll know why it's called "Soulless". While "glowing darkness" ... well ... besides the fact that darkness can not glow and that the title sounds like it's nicked from the bad poetry of a teenage wanna be goth ... doesn't refer to anything in the story.

And this isn't the first case of a totally random title I came across. A friend on goodreads pointed out something similar recently too ... so it's not just a problem with translated books either. The conclusion, the only one that makes sense, is, that there's a program (available in at least two languages) out there somewhere, that randomly creates titles that look good on book covers.

*it's not just used on romance novels, but I like to call it that ... has a certain ring to it.
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