Main Mad Lib Fantasy Title Discussion

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02:35:58 PM Apr 12th 2014
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The trope description makes it sound like this trope is "typical sounding fantasy title", but a lot of the examples doesn't really fit. (e.g. Neverwhere, Dragonfly Falling, Beyond Good & Evil, Birth by Sleep, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oriental Sacred Place, Bioshock Infinite, Wild and Horned Hermit, Dream Drop Distance). And some of the examples are not fantasy, but other types of speculative fiction.

Is this just trope misuse or have I misunderstood the trope? Also a few of the examples feel the need to point out that the title "makes perfect sense in context". Is this necessary? Most of these titles seem to do so.
05:05:20 AM Apr 10th 2012
I think this trope needs to be reworked. As it is now, this list really doesn't leave any options to name a novel in a way that it doesn't fall under this trope.
09:38:37 PM Sep 16th 2013
I agree. Judging by the examples, this trope is literally "the title of any fantasy work ever, period."
09:46:56 PM Sep 29th 2013
Well, not only that, but it acts as if having one of the buzzwords in the title means the author just wanted to slap shit on there, and not because it may have had some actual significance to the story itself. Can we at least give some authors the benefit of the doubt and say they went for Rule of Cool when constructing the title, rather than just "Oh, they wanted something quick and cheap that would appeal to the simpleton masses"? I admit, I don't like having C. S. Lewis (kickass author, by the way) clumped in the same category as Stephenie Meyer (I call it "Association Squick Syndrome", but might find a better title in this list in the main page), but I genuinely don't think it's fair that every author who chronicles the...well, chronicles, should be accused of "Mad Libbing" the title just for the sake of a space filler.
11:55:01 AM Aug 28th 2010
How should we organize the list - clump together related words or list all of the words alphabetically? The former approach makes it easier to see recurring themes; the latter is easier to search through. I'm for the former since ctrl+F already covers the latter's advantage.
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