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Artifact Title: Literature
  • Halfway through the Sister Fidelma series, Sister Fidelma renounces the religious life and starts referring to herself as just plain Fidelma.
  • In the Demon Headmaster novels, the title Diabolical Mastermind is only a school headmaster in the first book, though he's referred to as the Headmaster throughout because that's the context the heroes first encountered him in.
  • After book one, The Boxcar Children spend more time solving mysteries than encountering boxcars. They got the name because they lived in a boxcar for a while, but it sticks after they don't live there anymore.
    • They do keep the boxcar as their hangout spot on the property where they live but it's still a stretch.
  • Several English translations of The Phantom of the Opera translate the French "fantôme" as "ghost" within the text but, understandably, don't change the widely-known title; thus, the eponymous character is never actually called "phantom of the Opera" but "the Opera ghost."
  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy." Lampshaded with Mostly Harmless bearing the description, "The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy." Some later editions of the other novels include similar blurbs, and And Another Thing... is simply subtitled "Book 6 of 3".
  • The Ranger's Apprentice series, after Will graduated from being an apprentice to being a full ranger.
  • The Foundation Trilogy has an in-universe example. At first, "The Encyclopedia Foundation" was a N.G.O. focusing on the publishing of a compendium of all human knowledge. While they did eventually do that (sort of), the Foundation focused more on the Seldon's plan, and became an empire.
  • The Inheritance Trilogy, published in four books. It was renamed The Inheritance Cycle. Making this more confusing is that there is now another fantasy series with the name, though this one managed to keep it to three books.
  • Inverted with Francine Rivers’ The Mark of the Lion trilogy, in which actual marking by lions doesn't feature until the very end of the first book, and doesn't feature at all in the third. (Though it could easily be inferred to be an important metaphor, what with Jesus being referred to as the Lion of Judah.)
  • The novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a book (Star Trek: The Novelization? Star Trek: The Novelization of the Motion Picture?)
  • An in-universe example shows up in Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. USR, the robot manufacturing corporation at the center of the plot, continues to call itself "United States Robotics" long after the United States have ceased to exist as a country.
    • I, Robot itself is an artifact title. Its title was borrowed from an earlier story by Earl and Otto Binder. Not a single story in Asimov's book is told from the perspective of a robot. Even better, Asimov is reported to have detested the title, which was forced on him by the editors.
  • In the Shannara series, half the titles forget that Shannara is not the world, but a historical figure. This reaches its nadir with The First King of Shannara, which is about said historical figure and might better be titled King Shannara.
    • Since the books follow the exploits of the descendants of Jerle Shannara, it could be argued that he is the first king of the Shannara line. But all the titles would make more sense if "Shannara" were replaced by "the Shannara bloodline" or "the Shannaras" or even "the Ohmsfords" since Jerle's family spends most of history with a new surname.
    • Played straight in the most recent series, titled "Genesis of Shannara" and "Legends of Shannara". They take part long before the historical figure even existed and the only "genesis" in the first series is a new world.
  • When Dr. Seuss published Green Eggs and Ham in 1960, the joke was on "green, eggs and ham", a common diner offering at the time in which the "green" was a vegetable side. Perhaps because of the book, you won't find it on any menus today unless it's specifically a Seuss reference (in which case it will likely be, well, green eggs and ham as in the story).
  • In the Doom series, the third and fourth novels, Infernal Sky and Endgame have fewer and fewer elements of the video game they're adapting.
  • Similar to the Hitchhiker's Trilogy, Robert Rankin's Brentford Trilogy currently has nine books.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, only the first seven books dealt with the rainbow.

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