Author Topic: Q: Are there any unused titles in the "To be or not to be" soliloquy? A: 4.  (Read 314 times)  

Offline erikhanberg

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I noticed that there are way too many titles that come from Hamlet's famous soliloquy (the one starting "To be or not to be").

So I decided to find out if there are any left that are unused. :)

Here's the page with results of my search: http://erikhanberg.com/to-title-or-not-to-title/ I linked each phrase to the book, movie, album, or song that had the title.

Not every good potential title phrase is taken! In fact, I found four pretty good titles left, if you want to be a fancy writer who uses Shakespeare quotes to title your book. :)

Since I'm super helpful, I've also added some plot ideas to each one. :) Maybe we'll see one of these books emerge during NaNoWriMo?

Theres the Respect
A father has to teach the son he didnt know he had about the ways of the world.

His Quietus Make
A socialite who seems to have it all commits suicide. No one reads it, because they dont know what quietus means.

To Grunt and Sweat
A scrawny 99 pound weakling challenges the biggest bully in school to a fight.

Those Ills We Have
A tearful novel about a husband and wife who want to hide their terminal disease from each other so as not to burden them.

In unrelated news, it's amazing what you can fill your time with when you're putting off writing the next book in a trilogy.

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    Offline erikhanberg

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    Also, admit it, Hugh Howey.

    "Wool" is a Shakespeare quote from Macbeth, right?

    "Eye of newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog..."

    Subtle. Very subtle.

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    lol I don't know . . . To Grunt and Sweat sounds like some other type of book to me . . .

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    "There's the Rub"--a guide to massage parlors.

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