Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen
mrissa

Fussing over titles

I was talking to Michelle about my books, and she brought up an association that has worried me before. timprov suggested that AKICILJ was a good principle to use, but it seems to me that it's opinion more than knowledge. So here we go, and please feel free to elaborate in comments:

Poll #423689 Sampo questions

Do you know what a Sampo is (what it does in Finnish mythology)?

Yes
13(19.1%)
Not really, but I recognized it as a Finnish mythology thing
10(14.7%)
Never heard of one before I started reading your journal, Mris
14(20.6%)
I still don't know what it is.
31(45.6%)

Does the word Sampo make you think of the old racist story of Little Black Sambo?

Never heard of either one
4(5.9%)
Never heard of Little Black Sambo
1(1.5%)
It didn't before you brought it up!
51(75.0%)
Yes
12(17.6%)

How much does the title of a second book in a series matter to you?

Not at all
22(32.4%)
Only if I felt iffy about the first book
31(45.6%)
It's a major factor in whether I continue the series
1(1.5%)
Titles never really matter to me
14(20.6%)


Note: please do not get abusive about titles. I have an acquaintance who said things to me (about a different title) like, "Did you pick that title because you want people to ignore your book?" Behavior like that is one reason this person counts as an acquaintance and not as a friend right now. If you think Sampo is a horrible title and you'd never read a book of that name, there are far better ways to express that sentiment.
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