I Comma Noun


(permanent link) added: 2010-10-31 11:41:23 sponsor: Starfire edited by: AndrewJ (last reply: 2010-11-10 12:03:41)

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So you're going through the bookstore reading titles, browsing for something to read. You see lots of random things, in coherent titles, boring titles, one word titles that could mean anything or nothing. What to read? And then you see it. A book that sounds like it will focus on one subject just because of the title. A book that purports to speak from authority, just because of the title. It is a book that reads "I, Noun" possibly with an obscenely long subtitle.

Examples:
  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov, possibly the Ur example, definitely the Trope Codifier.
  • I, Vampire: The Confessions of a Vampire - His Life, His Loves, His Strangest Desires ... Michael Romkey - You get the feeling they just couldn't bring themselves to use such an undescriptive title and trust it to stand on its own merits.
  • I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter
  • I, Monster: Serial Killers in Their Own Chilling Words by Tom Philbin

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