Choosing a title is an important part of marketing an anthology. Some anthologies take their title from one of the stories they're reprinting, in a strategy to capitalize on the audience's familiarity with the original work. Audiences seeking the original work will find this anthology and may decide to purchase it to read the other stories that are (usually) somewhat similar.
An Anthology sharing the same title as one of the works within the collection is always deliberate, although it may be inverted by an author being asked to write a story based on the name, rather than choosing the anthology's title based on an already-written story.
Sub-Trope to Title Drop, which includes multiple ways a title affects the writing of the work or when the work itself affects the title, as well as Recycled Title, where two different works by the same creators use the same title.
Sister Trope to Title Drop Chapter, where an installment of a single work (such as a chapter or an episode) shares the title with the whole work; this often is used for important developments. The anthology signals that this story is the best/most-famous amoung the collection, rather than the containing the biggest revelation.
Examples of this trope within works:Anime & Manga
- Isaac Asimov:
- The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories: This collection takes its name from "The Bicentennial Man", one of twelve stories. The title, as seen on the cover, varies from simply Bicentennial Man, to including And Other Stories as a subtitle, to making the last part as prominent as the rest of the title. The copyright page indicates that the full title contains all six words and no separation.
- "Living Space": The French translation is "Espace Vital", and that name was reused as the translation of the collection Earth is Room Enough as well.
- Nightfall and Other Stories: "Nightfall" is the first of the twenty stories contained in the collection and is also featured on the cover.
- Robot Dreams (Collection): "Robot Dreams" is one of twenty stories.
- Robot Visions (Collection): "Robot Visions" is one of thirty-plus stories/essays.
- Science Fiction Favorites: The original title used by publisher Listening Library was The Last Question And Other Stories, which takes its name from "The Last Question", one of ten different stories in this collection.
- Paolo Bacigalupi's Pump Six and Other Stories: This collection contains eleven stories, including "Pump Six".
- Emma Bull and Will Shetterly contributed to And Other Stories, which is a Subversion where none of the stories are named in the title. (Emma Bull wrote "The Princess and the Lord of Night", "Man of Action", "The Last of John Ringo", "De la Tierra", "What Used to Be Good Still Is", "Joshua Tree", and "Silver or Gold") (Will Shetterly wrote "The Princess Who Kicked Butt", "Oldthings", "Brian and the Aliens", "Taken He Cannot Be", "Little Red and the Big Bad", "Secret Identity", "The People Who Owned the Bible", "Kasim's Haj", "The Thief of Dreams", "Black Rock Blues", and "Dream Catcher")
- Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories: This collection of eight stories begins with "The Ladies of Grace Adieu".
- Roald Dahl:
- Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl: This collection of seven stories includes "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life".
- The Great Automatic Grammatizer And Other Stories: This collection includes thirteen stories, the first of which is "The Great Automatic Grammatizer". It has also been reprinted as The Umbrella Man and Other Stories, and "The Umbrella Man" is one of the other thirteen.
- Skin And Other Stories: A collection of eleven stories, with "Skin" as the first story in the book.
- Switch Bitch: The title is a combination of two stories, "The Great Switcheroo" and "Bitch", out of a total of four stories.
- The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More, a collection of three non-fiction pieces and four stories, one of which is "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar".
- Noick Feldman's Hungover and Handcuffed: A collection of three stories, with "Hungover and Handcuffed" as the first.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne:
- The Birthmark And Other Stories (edited by Maxine Greene): A collection of nine stories, including "The Birthmark".
- The Celestial Railroad And Other Stories: A collection of eighteen stories, including "The Celestial Railroad".
- Dr. Heidegger's Experiment and Other Stories (edited by Michael Hulse): A collection of fifteen stories, and "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is the ninth story.
- Mosses From An Old Manse: A collection of twenty-three stories, the first of which is titled "The Old Manse".
- The Snow Image And Other Stories Of The Super Natural: A collection of thirty-three stories, including "The Snow Image", which is the thirty-first story in the collection.
- Young Goodman Brown And Other Short Stories: A collection of seven stories, of which "Young Goodman Brown" is third.
- Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Other Stories: Twenty-five stories are in this collection, the last of which is "The Lottery".
- M. R. James' ghost stories were published in four collections; of these, only A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories follows this trope. (The third collection, A Thin Ghost and Others, initially appears to, but none of the stories in it have that title.)
- China Miéville's Looking for Jake and Other Stories: Eleven collected works written/co-written by Mieville, the first of which is "Looking for Jake".
- Susan Moriss's The Wall Around the World and Other Science Fiction Stories: This Genre Anthology takes its name from "The Wall Around The World" by Theodore R Cogswell.
- Larry Niven
- Kit Reed's Other Stories and ... The Attack of the Giant Baby: This collection takes its name from one of the Short Stories in the anthology — "The Attack Of The Giant Baby".
- The ghost stories of Eleanor Scott, an early Folk Horror author, were collected and published under the title Randalls Round; this is also the title of the first story in the collection, which creates the need for some clarification when discussing the work.
- Dr. Seuss:
- Gene Wolfe's The Island Of Doctor Death And Other Stories And Other Stories: This collection is a parody of the trope, with "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories" serving as the first story of thirteen, and part of his Archipelago series.
- Koji Suzuki's Birthday features three short stories: "Coffin in the Sky", "Lemon Heart", and "Happy Birthday". Strangely, the film adaptation Ring 0: Birthday isn't actually based on "Happy Birthday", but "Lemon Heart".
- Call of Cthulhu supplement The Asylum And Other Tales, a collection of adventures that includes "The Asylum".
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Many DVD collections use this naming scheme, such as SpongeGuard on Duty, which contains the eponymous episode from season 3, along with several other episodes.