marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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titles

Fairy tales have it easy. You can title one of the "Iron Hans" even if he's a bit character for the bulk of the tale. Or "The Daughter of the Skies" even though she appears only at the very end.

Novels tend to need more overarching titles. It doesn't help that, as in The Princess Seeks Her Fortune, the prince of this tale goes through what Vladimir Propp would call two integral tales.

At least I just finished the first draft and still have revisions ahead. But it does tend to presage difficulties naming it in the end.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), titles
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