Do We Have This One?
. Needs More Examples
One typically expects the title of a work to reflect the content, tone and style of the content of the work in question, whether it's by summarizing the plot
(even to the point of giving away the ending
), referring obliquely to the plot and theme of the work by way of classical reference
or simply being a silly joke
that relates to the story in some way.
This trope is when this does not happen.
Perhaps the work is dark and serious
while the title refers to kittens and rainbows
(or vice versa). Perhaps it's a Literary Allusion Title
, except the allusion in question makes absolutely no sense in the content of the work. And so on.
Causes include: Publisher-Chosen Title
, Completely Different Title
and Market-Based Title
- Sunrise in the Warrior Cats series. Judging by the title, one would assume that the book is peaceful or at least has a positive mood. Not so. It was a Publisher-Chosen Title, because they thought that the authors' Working Title, Cruel Season, would make the book seem too depressing - never mind that Cruel Season more accurately describes the content of the book.