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** One positive example was the editor who, without asking, changed the title of "It Pays" to "Buy Jupiter". Asimov cheerfully admitted the change was a vast improvement, and even used it as the title for the paperback collection the story was later included in.


** ''Literature/IRobot'': The collection's title was not a name he picked or wanted, since it belonged to a short story by a different author.



** His own opinion for 'worst publisher title change' though is the short story 'Strikebreaker'. Originally published with the publisher-chosen title of 'Male Strikebreaker'. (Swapping random character's genders would in no way affect the story.)

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** "Literature/InAGoodCause": This story was republished with the title "Ideals Die Hard" for ''Magazine/AuthenticScienceFiction'' (issue #78, March 1957).
** ''Literature/IRobot'': This collection's title was not a name he picked or wanted, since it belonged to [[Literature/AdamLink a short story]] by a different author.
** "{{Literature/Strikebreaker}}":
His own opinion for 'worst publisher title change' though is the short story 'Strikebreaker'. change'. Originally published with the publisher-chosen title of 'Male Strikebreaker'."Male Strikebreaker". (Swapping random character's genders would in no way affect the story.)


* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' was named by the syndicate. Charles M. Schulz ''hated'' the name.
** Given that his choice was "Li'l Folks", the Syndicate clearly did him a favor, even if he didn't appreciate it.
** "Peanuts" is a WordSaladTitle (despite being only one word). Someone at the syndicate was under the impression that it was another word for "kids", because of the term "peanut gallery".

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' was named by the syndicate. Charles M. Schulz ''hated'' the name.
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name. Given that his choice was "Li'l Folks", ''ComicStrip/LilFolks'', the Syndicate clearly did him a favor, even if he didn't appreciate it.
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it. "Peanuts" is a WordSaladTitle (despite being only one word). Someone at the syndicate was under the impression that it was another word for "kids", because of the term "peanut gallery".


* ''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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