This is one of the simplest ways of naming a work of fiction. Like Character Title
, where the story is named after the main character in the story, The Place
is where the main location is used as the title. The Place
need not be where most of the action is set, it is sufficient for it to be important to the plot. If we don't know that the title is a place until near the end, then this place is The Namesake
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- Barchester Towers
- Barrayar, Komarr, and Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold.
- Brighton Rock
- Callahans Crosstime Saloon (the second time the Saloon moved locations, they did in fact decide just to call the new building The Place)
- Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds.
- Cold Comfort Farm
- The Discworld series in general and at least one book, The Last Continent, in particular.
- The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.
- Hawaii (James Michener used a lot of these titles)
- The House of the Seven Gables
- Howards End
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame, originally titled simply Notre-Dame de Paris.
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- Mansfield Park
- Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss, both by George Eliot.
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, though the novel actually has nothing to do with any of the numerous places of that name.
- Mistress Masham's Repose
- My Side of the Mountain
- The Mysterious Island
- "New Archangel", a 2009 short story by Desmond Warzel, takes place in Sitka, Alaska, which at the time the story is set was called Novoarkhangelsk, or New Archangel.
- Northanger Abbey
- Poland (Michener again)
- Redwall and its sequel Mossflower. Also the later books Salamandastron and Loamhedge.
- 'Salem's Lot
- The Secret Garden
- Sophie's World
- Sword Art Online
- The Tombs of Atuan
- Texas (Michener yet again)
- Treasure Island
- Twilight book 1 was originally named Forks, but Stephenie Meyer changed the name since.
- Wuthering Heights
- Berlin Alexanderplatz
- The Dark Tower
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- The Two Towers (Notable in that we don't know for certain which two towers it refers to. It could have been any pair out of Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith, Minas Morgul, or the Tower of Cirith Ungol. The Movie definitively identifies it as the first two, but Tolkien himself named different pairs at different times.)
- Perdido Street Station and The Scar by China Miéville
- Oddly subverted in Rainbows End. The title does refer to an apartment complex in the book, but the only people who live there are two secondary characters, and the place never becomes important to the plot.
- In The Demonata series, we have Slawter and Wolf Island.