One of the most fascinating things (okay…maybe that’s an overstatement) I learned in my undergraduate copyright courses was that you can’t copyright a title of a book, art work, etc. It’s obvious when you think about it, right? A title is just a string of words, and there are only so many words in the world. Plus, what happens when one good title is taken? Can you imagine no one being able to use “Twice Bitten” because someone got there first? There go all the good vampire romances! Knowing that, I enjoy looking for books that share the same title. We all remember the Tomi Adeyemi/Nora Roberts drama right? There are only so many titles…and sometimes the shared titles matter (Macbeth retellings, for example) and sometimes they don’t AT ALL.
Let’s look at some pairings that share the same title.