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* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' was supposed to be called Aventuria, after the world it is set in. The publisher Schmidt Spiele changed the title to ''The Dark Eye'' and [[TheLordOfTheRings Palanthir]] like artifacts were quickly added to account for the title.

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* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' was supposed to be called Aventuria, after the world it is set in. The publisher Schmidt Spiele changed the title to ''The Dark Eye'' and [[TheLordOfTheRings Palanthir]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Palantir]] like artifacts were quickly added to account for the title.


*** "Literature/PhAsInPhoney": The magazine changed the title to "The Phony Ph.D." because Dr Asimov's title was too similar to a series of stories written by Creator/LawrenceTreat. For his own collection, however, he prefers his title, and apologizes to Mr Treat in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheBlackWidowers'' afterword.

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*** "Literature/PhAsInPhoney": "Literature/PhAsInPhony": The magazine changed the title to "The Phony Ph.D." because Dr Asimov's title was too similar to a series of stories written by Creator/LawrenceTreat. For his own collection, however, he prefers his title, and apologizes to Mr Treat in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheBlackWidowers'' afterword.


* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''. Not a name he picked or wanted, since it belonged to a short story not written by him.
** Many of Asimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' stories got their titles changed on their initial magazine publication. His compilations generally change them back -- with the occasional AscendedFanon.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''. Not Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** ''Literature/IRobot'': The collection's title was not
a name he picked or wanted, since it belonged to a short story not written by him.
a different author.
** Many of Asimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' Literature/BlackWidowers stories got their titles changed on their initial magazine publication. His compilations generally change them back -- with the occasional AscendedFanon.AscendedFanon.
*** "Literature/TheAcquisitiveChuckle": Dr Asimov originally titled this story simply "The Chuckle", but the magazine editors who bought the story renamed it, and Asimov liked the change enough to keep the new name when he inevitably reprinted the story.
*** "Literature/PhAsInPhoney": The magazine changed the title to "The Phony Ph.D." because Dr Asimov's title was too similar to a series of stories written by Creator/LawrenceTreat. For his own collection, however, he prefers his title, and apologizes to Mr Treat in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheBlackWidowers'' afterword.


* The first RepairmanJack novel by F. Paul Wilson was called ''The Tomb'' by the publisher who wanted people to think it was a sequel to his earlier horror book, ''The Keep''. No actual tomb appears in the story. (Ironically, Wilson later decided to [[CanonWelding retrospectively link]] the two books as sharing a continuity.)

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* The first RepairmanJack Literature/RepairmanJack novel by F. Paul Wilson was called ''The Tomb'' by the publisher who wanted people to think it was a sequel to his earlier horror book, ''The Keep''. No actual tomb appears in the story. (Ironically, Wilson later decided to [[CanonWelding retrospectively link]] the two books as sharing a continuity.)


* Creator/BarryEisler found himself stuck with various 'Rain'-theme puns in his series about hitman John Rain. Then the books had titles based around the word 'assassin' whether or not they fit what was in the book. He's now had them re-released with his own titles.

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* Creator/BarryEisler found himself stuck with various 'Rain'-theme puns rain-pun titles in his series about hitman John Rain. Then the books had titles based around the word 'assassin' whether or not they fit what was in the book. He's now had them re-released with his own titles.



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* Creator/BarryEisler found himself stuck with various 'Rain'-theme puns in his series about hitman John Rain. Then the books had titles based around the word 'assassin' whether or not they fit what was in the book. He's now had them re-released with his own titles.


* Creator/{{Bungie}} originally intended their first {{Xbox}} FirstPersonShooter to have the OneWordTitle ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. However, marketers at Microsoft felt that "Halo" alone was not sufficient to convey the game's military theme, so they added a subtitle and the game was ultimately released as ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.

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* Creator/{{Bungie}} originally intended their first {{Xbox}} UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} FirstPersonShooter to have the OneWordTitle ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. However, marketers at Microsoft felt that "Halo" alone was not sufficient to convey the game's military theme, so they added a subtitle and the game was ultimately released as ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.


->'''Brian:''' They wanted an story about a typical teenage girl.

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->'''Brian:''' They wanted an a story about a typical teenage girl.


->'''Meg:''' You write an article about me?

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->'''Meg:''' You write wrote an article about me?



->'''Meg:''' ''(opens the magazine)'' Is it ''A Fistful of Bacne: Tale of a Teenage Loser''?

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->'''Meg:''' ''(opens the magazine)'' Is it ''A Fistful of Bacne: Tale of a Teenage Loser''?

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->'''Meg:''' You write an article about me?
->'''Brian:''' They wanted an story about a typical teenage girl.
->'''Meg:''' ''(opens the magazine)'' Is it ''A Fistful of Bacne: Tale of a Teenage Loser''?
->'''Brian:''' Yeah, they make the title.
-->--''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', "Dial Meg for Murder"


* The names of the volumes of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were not chosen by Tolkien. Tolkien never even wanted it to be a trilogy. It was originally envisioned as a six book series. Supposedly the book was broken up into three volumes because in the early 1950s, Britain had not sufficiently recovered from WorldWarTwo paper rationing to publish the whole thing at once. Thus LOTR being the TropeMaker for the whole modern idea of a "trilogy" is entirely accidental.

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* The names of the volumes of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were not chosen by Tolkien. Tolkien never even wanted it to be a trilogy. It was originally envisioned as a six book series. Supposedly the book was broken up into three volumes because in the early 1950s, Britain had not sufficiently recovered from WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII paper rationing to publish the whole thing at once. Thus LOTR being the TropeMaker for the whole modern idea of a "trilogy" is entirely accidental.


* ''Tenement Symphony'', the title of Marc Almond's 1991 album, was chosen by his then current record company, who also chose the overall look of the album. At the time, Marc was physically and emotionally exhausted following difficulties during the recording of his previous album, ''Enchanted'', and did not raise any objections, though he did later say he felt like "a guest on his own album".

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* ''Tenement Symphony'', the title of Marc Almond's 1991 album, was chosen by his then current record company, who also chose the overall look of the album. At the time, Marc was physically and emotionally exhausted following difficulties during the recording of his previous album, ''Enchanted'', and did not raise any objections, though he did later say he felt like "a guest on his own album".
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* ''Tenement Symphony'', the title of Marc Almond's 1991 album, was chosen by his then current record company, who also chose the overall look of the album. At the time, Marc was physically and emotionally exhausted following difficulties during the recording of his previous album, ''Enchanted'', and did not raise any objections, though he did later say he felt like "a guest on his own album".



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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic was forced by lawyers to name his ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''-themed "[[Music/DireStraits Money for Nothing]]" parody "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*", exactly as written (slash and asterisk included), a decision Al has expressed his ''extreme'' displeasure with. (For that matter, this also applies to the movie the parody was written for, ''Film/{{UHF}}'', which had the title ''The Vidiot from UHF'' forced on it for certain international markets. Al wasn't happy about that one, either.)


* Horace Gold of ''Galaxy Science Fiction'' magazine thought that most of Cordwainer Smith's original titles were bland. His solution was to take new titles from the text, e.g. "Think Blue, Count Two". The technique worked very well, and Smith didn't change any of the titles back.
** Actually, this was Fred Pohl, as stated in his introduction to "The Instrumentality of Mankind" (having just looked it up)

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* Horace Gold Creator/FrederikPohl, then the editor of ''Galaxy Science Fiction'' magazine magazine, thought that most of Cordwainer Smith's Creator/CordwainerSmith's original titles were bland. His solution was to take new titles from the text, e.g. "Think Blue, Count Two". The technique worked very well, and Smith didn't change any of the titles back.
** Actually, this was Fred Pohl, as stated in his introduction to "The Instrumentality of Mankind" (having just looked it up)
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