Friday, November 30, 2018

When books share the same name

Yesterday I was introduced to the latest Book Twitter controversy. Tomi Adeyemi, the author of Children and Blood and Bone, accused Nora Roberts of copying her book title and trying to profit off of her (Tomi's) success. (Nora Roberts' response, if you're interested.) Some people called into question which book had been titled first and pointed out that titles can't be copyrighted.

Other people posted images showing tons of books with similar titles that had been published in previous years. I learned that Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer was published alongside another book titled Eclipse on the exact same day. This got me thinking about how many other books share titles and how much it really matters. Today I wanted to share a few examples of books with similar or identical titles.


Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer | Eclipse by Richard North Patterson |
Eclipse by Erin Hunter | Eclipse by Cate Tiernan


Blood & Bone by C.C. Wood | Blood and Bone by Tara Brown |
Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont | Blood and Bone by William Lashner


Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Heartless by Gail Carriger |
Heartless by Sara Shepard | Heartless by Winter Renshaw


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen |
Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawheard | Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis


All Fall Down by Ally Carter | We All Fall Down by Eric Walters |
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner | They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Personally, I've only encountered this a couple times in the wild and I do tend to have a bias towards the one I read or heard about first, but I'm curious to hear other opinions.

What other books have you seen with the same titles?
Do you think titles should be "copied" by other authors?
Let me know in the comments!