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9th Jun '16 10:41:46 AM Morgenthaler
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** That is why which Two Towers are referred to (Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith - pick two) is never specified by Tolkien himself. He also rejected the name ''Return of the King'' because it... kinda spoiled the aforementioned fact, preferring ''War of the Ring'' instead.
*** Subverted in the Icelandic translation ''Hilmir snýr heim,'' which does indeed mean ''King comes home'' but in such an antiquated fashion that most first time readers don't make the connection.

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** That is why which Two Towers are referred to (Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith - pick two) is never specified by Tolkien himself. He also rejected the name ''Return of the King'' because it... kinda spoiled the aforementioned fact, preferring ''War of the Ring'' instead.
*** Subverted in the Icelandic translation ''Hilmir snýr heim,'' which does indeed mean ''King comes home'' but in such an antiquated fashion that most first time readers don't make the connection.



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9th Jun '16 8:51:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* When Creator/CJCherryh's publisher asked her for the title of the third book in her ChanurSaga, she jokingly replied "The Kif Strike Back". The publisher took her seriously, and the title stuck.

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* When Creator/CJCherryh's publisher asked her for the title of the third book in her ChanurSaga, Literature/ChanurSaga, she jokingly replied "The Kif Strike Back". The publisher took her seriously, and the title stuck.
28th Apr '16 6:01:34 AM LondonKdS
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* The first RepairmanJack novel by F. Paul Wilson was called ''The Tomb'' by the publisher who wanted people to think it was a sequel to his earlier horror book, ''The Keep''. No actual tomb appears in the story. (Ironically, Wilson later decided to link the two books in a series.)

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* The first RepairmanJack novel by F. Paul Wilson was called ''The Tomb'' by the publisher who wanted people to think it was a sequel to his earlier horror book, ''The Keep''. No actual tomb appears in the story. (Ironically, Wilson later decided to link [[CanonWelding retrospectively link]] the two books in as sharing a series.continuity.)
4th Dec '15 4:40:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* The title of ''FieldOfDreams'' was changed from the original book's title "''Shoeless Joe''". Ironically, as director Phillip Alden Robinson found out, "Shoeless Joe" in itself was the publisher's title for [[Creator/WPKinsella Bill Kinsella's]] novel. His title: [[HilariousInHindsight "Dream Field."]]
* The title of ''OctoberSky'' was chosen by a producer who came up with it by making anagrams of the book's original title "Rocket Boys". Homer Hickam doesn't seem to have minded too much, as he let the book be marketed as "October Sky" after the film was released.

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* The title of ''FieldOfDreams'' ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' was changed from the original book's title "''Shoeless Joe''". Ironically, as director Phillip Alden Robinson found out, "Shoeless Joe" in itself was the publisher's title for [[Creator/WPKinsella Bill Kinsella's]] novel. His title: [[HilariousInHindsight "Dream Field."]]
* The title of ''OctoberSky'' ''Film/OctoberSky'' was chosen by a producer who came up with it by making anagrams of the book's original title "Rocket Boys". Homer Hickam doesn't seem to have minded too much, as he let the book be marketed as "October Sky" after the film was released.



* The names of the volumes of ''TheLordOfTheRings'' were not chosen by Tolkien. Tolkien never even wanted it to be a trilogy. It was originally envisioned as a six book series. Supposedly the book was broken up into three volumes because in the early 1950s, Britain had not sufficiently recovered from WorldWarTwo paper rationing to publish the whole thing at once. Thus LOTR being the TropeMaker for the whole modern idea of a "trilogy" is entirely accidental.

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* The names of the volumes of ''TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were not chosen by Tolkien. Tolkien never even wanted it to be a trilogy. It was originally envisioned as a six book series. Supposedly the book was broken up into three volumes because in the early 1950s, Britain had not sufficiently recovered from WorldWarTwo paper rationing to publish the whole thing at once. Thus LOTR being the TropeMaker for the whole modern idea of a "trilogy" is entirely accidental.



* David Eddings wasn't thrilled with his publisher putting a ChessMotif in the titles of the ''{{Belgariad}}''. If he'd had his way, the last book would have gotten the title ''In the Tomb of the One-Eyed King'' instead of ''Enchanter's Endgame''.

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* David Eddings wasn't thrilled with his publisher putting a ChessMotif in the titles of the ''{{Belgariad}}''.''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''. If he'd had his way, the last book would have gotten the title ''In the Tomb of the One-Eyed King'' instead of ''Enchanter's Endgame''.



* Creator/StephenKing's ''The Shining'' should have been ''The Shine'', but the publisher told him that "shine" was also a slang term for a Negro ("shoe shine boy"), and that, since a moderately important secondary character in the book was an African American, it could have had some UnfortunateImplications.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''The Shining'' ''Literature/TheShining'' should have been ''The Shine'', but the publisher told him that "shine" was also a slang term for a Negro ("shoe shine boy"), and that, since a moderately important secondary character in the book was an African American, it could have had some UnfortunateImplications.



* TheDarkEye was supposed to be called Aventuria, after the world it is set in. The publisher Schmidt Spiele changed the title to TheDarkEye and [[TheLordOfTheRings Palanthir]] like artifacts were quickly added to account for the title.

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* TheDarkEye ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' was supposed to be called Aventuria, after the world it is set in. The publisher Schmidt Spiele changed the title to TheDarkEye and [[TheLordOfTheRings Palanthir]] like artifacts were quickly added to account for the title.



* ''{{Peanuts}}'' was named by the syndicate. Charles M. Schulz ''hated'' the name.

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* ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' was named by the syndicate. Charles M. Schulz ''hated'' the name.



* ''TheFarSide'' was descended from a similarly warped gag comic called ''Nature's Way''. Gary Larson didn't mind the change at all - "They could have called it ''[[WordSaladTitle Revenge of the Zucchini People]]'' for all I cared".

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* ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' was descended from a similarly warped gag comic called ''Nature's Way''. Gary Larson didn't mind the change at all - "They could have called it ''[[WordSaladTitle Revenge of the Zucchini People]]'' for all I cared".



* The albums Paranoid and Vol 4 by Black Sabbath were originally called War Pigs and Snowblind respectively. The record company changed the name of both before releasing them, the first to avoid offending people involved in the Vietnam War and to capitalise on the single's popularity, and the second because of the drug reference.

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* The albums Paranoid and Vol 4 by Black Sabbath Music/BlackSabbath were originally called War Pigs and Snowblind respectively. The record company changed the name of both before releasing them, the first to avoid offending people involved in the Vietnam War and to capitalise on the single's popularity, and the second because of the drug reference.



* Singer-songwriter {{Vanessa Carlton}} faced this with her debut single. She wanted to name the song "Interlude," as it had appeared on her demo tape. However, the president of her record label at the time, who also produced the song, refused to release it under that name due to its [[NonAppearingTitle Non Appearing Title]]. His nephew suggested a new title: "A Thousand Miles." The result? A #1 hit on the pop and adult contemporary charts, a platinum-certified debut album, and the single becoming of the biggest radio hits of the 2000's.

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* Singer-songwriter {{Vanessa Carlton}} Music/VanessaCarlton faced this with her debut single. She wanted to name the song "Interlude," as it had appeared on her demo tape. However, the president of her record label at the time, who also produced the song, refused to release it under that name due to its [[NonAppearingTitle Non Appearing Title]]. His nephew suggested a new title: "A Thousand Miles." The result? A #1 hit on the pop and adult contemporary charts, a platinum-certified debut album, and the single becoming of the biggest radio hits of the 2000's.
14th Nov '15 9:32:21 PM foxley
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** Many of Asimov's Black Widowers stories got their titles changed on their initial magazine publication. His compilations generally change them back -- with the occasional AscendedFanon.

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** Many of Asimov's Black Widowers ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' stories got their titles changed on their initial magazine publication. His compilations generally change them back -- with the occasional AscendedFanon.
6th Oct '15 1:42:24 PM StFan
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* When filming the 1986 version of Thomas Harris' ''RedDragon'', Michael Mann changed the title to ''{{Manhunter}}''. His reason was that because the original title might lead potential audiences to think this was a [[MartialArtsMovie Kung Fu Movie]].

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* When filming the 1986 version of Thomas Harris' ''RedDragon'', ''Film/RedDragon'', Michael Mann changed the title to ''{{Manhunter}}''.''Film/{{Manhunter}}''. His reason was that because the original title might lead potential audiences to think this was a [[MartialArtsMovie Kung Fu Movie]].
18th Jun '15 9:33:05 AM Scorpion451
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* Creator/StephenKing's ''The Shining'' should have been ''The Shine'', but the publisher told him that "shine" was also a slang term for a Negro ("shoe shine boy"), and that, since a minor character in the book was an African American, it could have had some UnfortunateImplications.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''The Shining'' should have been ''The Shine'', but the publisher told him that "shine" was also a slang term for a Negro ("shoe shine boy"), and that, since a minor moderately important secondary character in the book was an African American, it could have had some UnfortunateImplications.
11th Mar '15 11:20:20 PM Kid
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' titles were all publisher chosen

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' titles were all publisher chosen
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7th Mar '15 1:35:56 PM Bronzethumb
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* Archie Goodwin, a higher-up at DC Comics, came up with the title ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' for the classic Batman miniseries.
31st Oct '14 12:59:11 PM KhymChanur
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* Philip K. Dick is an odd case; for the most part, the titles of his stories remained untouched, but the names were often changed when they were adapted; for example, the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" became the film ''Film/{{Total Recall|1990}}'', while "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" became ''Film/BladeRunner''. He admitted, though, that even he didn't think the original titles were very good.

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* Philip K. Dick Creator/PhilipKDick is an odd case; for the most part, the titles of his stories remained untouched, but the names were often changed when they were adapted; for example, the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" became the film ''Film/{{Total Recall|1990}}'', while "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" became ''Film/BladeRunner''. He admitted, though, that even he didn't think the original titles were very good.
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