Title Help!

Right, so I need help to come up with a title for my first book. I originally had it down as “As He Likes It”, but with erotica being so popular these days, I’m worried people would think a title like that is from that genre (which it is not).

It’s a historical romance, set in the regency era. It’s the first book in a series of four; The Howertys. (I came up with that name when I was a teenager, yes – that’s when I started the very, very first draft… I wonder if perhaps I should come up with a better surname for them.) Each book is about one of the Howerty sibling. They all have names from Shakespeare’s writings (because their mom loved Shakespeare), and so I want the books’ titles to be plays on Shakespearean titles.

The stories aren’t based on the stories in Shakespeare’s plays, it’s just the titles, really. Because… Well, it amuses me.

I do like the “As He Likes It” title, (based of course on “As You Like It”), so I think I might keep it and using it for the fourth book in the series (when hopefully people already know what they’re getting into since they can see what the previous books in the series are like).

That does leave me short one title though!

Book 1: ???
Book 2: Taming of the Rake (The Taming of the Shrew)
Book 3: Winter’s Kiss (The Winter’s Tale)
Book 4: As He Likes It (As You Like It)

I was thinking something along the lines of “Once Upon a Midsummer Night” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Originally I thought “A Midsummer Night’s Kiss”, but then I’d have two titles with the word “kiss” in them, and I’m not sure I like that.

Opinions, please! I need them!

Also, if you can come up with anything – feel free to share! To help, here’s a list of Shakespeare’s plays (the ones with titles that aren’t just a name or two!):

The Tempest
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Measure for Measure
The Comedy of Errors
Much Ado About Nothing
Love’s Labour’s Lost
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Merchant of Venice
As You Like It
The Taming of the Shrew
All’s Well That Ends Well
Twelfth Night
The Winter’s Tale
The Two Noble Kinsmen


Title Help! — 2 Comments

  1. Firstly – funsies! I approve. Of course, I really like Shakespeare.

    Secondly, I feel that you have some good possibilities with any of the following:

    “Merchant of Venice” could become “Merchant of Whatever Village the Story Takes Place in” AND you could have a fun story line that revolves around class distinctions. Very Regency.

    “Twelfth Night” could become any other random number of nights. Easy enough to make that central to the plot. I have ideas. Thoughts are happening!

    “The Winter’s Tale” is the last strong contender I think. Pick a different season and have all the important events start there.

    Also, you didn’t really ask for my opinion on the surname, but I shall give it anyhow. I think changing it might not be the worst idea in the world. But then again, I am just fond of two syllable surnames by which to call my characters. I am certain this is influenced in large part by Mr Darcy and Colonel Brandon!

    • Some great ideas! If I don’t use them for this series, I might use them for other stories!

      I think Winter’s Tale is out to be fair, since I’m already using it for the third book as Winter’s Kiss (which works very nicely since the hero’s surname is Winter haha!)

      All of the books have their stories more or less mapped out, the first two are already written (“just” needs proofreading/edits). Third has a plotline, but fourth is still mainly an idea with a setting sorted, but still needs a lot more detail.

      As for the surname, I did mention it because I’m not sure it’s a great surname. And it will be listed as a series, so having it called The “Howertys”, isn’t necessarily the best. I was like fourteen when I first came up with it, so my knowledge of English surnames may not have been the greatest! Haha!

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