We’ve all judged a book by its title before, as well as by its cover, genre, author, etc. I get it. Sometimes it’s impossible not to do. But today’s writing prompt will help you question this proclivity of ours. Keep reading to see the entire writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: What’s In A Book Title?

Today, write a scene that has a title of a book in it and is relevant to that book. Or rewrite and completely reinvent a short scene from a book and give the book a different title.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

What’s In A Book Title?, by K.E. Creighton

I read anything and everything. There is no genre I won’t touch. In fact, the less familiar I am with a certain genre, the more likely I am to read it these days, like a contradictory subliminal compulsion of sorts. More often than not, I go for the titles that I think myself less likely to enjoy because I love being pleasantly surprised by a book and its author. It doesn’t happen all the time, but often enough that I have grown to expect it to a certain degree– to be surprised by a book’s contents, and its author’s voice.

You know how they say, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover?’ Well, I live by that motto and another: Don’t discriminate against an author or their book based on the book’s genre if you’ve never actually sat down and read it. Because I have read a romance novel that touched on philosophical topics. I have read a piece of contemporary fiction that taught me a bit of history. And I have read a bestseller that didn’t sell me on what it was selling if you know what I mean?

But, I can’t lie, this newfound contradictory compulsion of mine has gotten me into some trouble– or awkward situations, I should say– at times.

As you might expect, I’m also an avid reader. I read, on average, about four to five books per week. That means I take a book with me everywhere and that I read anywhere. If I have a spare moment in between chores, I read. If I’m waiting in line at a store, I read.

Well, last week, I was midway through Lolita while I was waiting for my nine-year-old daughter to finish up her routine checkup at the pediatrician’s office. And it wasn’t until I got home that I realized why I was getting quite a few hateful stares from everyone in the waiting room, even from the typically joyful office staff. One mother even moved her child to the other side of the room, away from me. After my mini revelation, I wanted to laugh, but couldn’t quite do it. …

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

It’s easy to judge a book by its cover, title, genre, and author. And just as easy to associate its reader with it. But we shouldn’t until we read them and know them. Books are supposed to open up diverse worlds for us, not close them off. And the readers reading them haven’t finished reading them yet, so they may not know fully what world they’re stepping into. Or perhaps they might and insist on keeping an open mind… Just a bit of food for thought.

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