Profanity in book titles
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|Fri, 10-28-2011 - 10:44am|
I started a discussion on this on one of the writing boards, but I also wanted to see how all of you, as readers, felt.
While most of us are familiar with profanity in songs, the profanity trend is now making a splash in book titles. Four books on USAToday's best seller list have titles that contain masked vulgarity.
St. Martin's Press executive editor Marc Resnick, who is editor of one of the books says to critics, "It's a book for adults who have heard these words. If you don't like, don't buy it. Books have a lot to compete with these days." Booksellers say the books are selling, in part, because "... people still get a little thrill out of seeing a curse word on a printed and bound book on a bookstore shelf."
So...what are your thoughts? Do you see titles of this kind as a marketing ploy or are they the wave of the future?