OBJECTIVES (in question format)
1) Do most books have them?
2) Would these taglines entice me to read the book?
- The majority of my books do not have taglines.
- I would hazard to say 20% of my books do have them.
- Most of them are paperbacks (but granted, I own more PBs than HBs)
I actually looked through them and tallied how many taglines I liked vs. didn’t like (I need a life) (and reminder, these are just books on my bookshelf):
Total with taglines: 19
Good taglines: 11
Bad taglines: 8
So.. I guess it's 50/50ish, eh?
Examples of taglines I don't like (and of course, this isn’t a knock on the book. I am so NOT the be all end all of tagline approval)
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
What if love refused to die?-WHY. (my reaction..)
Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
How long can you wait for true love?-*sigh*.
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
When love crosses the line… where do you stop?-ohkay...
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
She can control her pack, but not her heart-someone shoot me. And I liked this book, it’s just the tagline… come on!
Taglines I'm ambivalent about (in the middle)
Take Me There by Carolee Dean
With this much to lose, there’s no turning back-eh, cliche
Divergent by Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you-eh, it's alright... I guess
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
One boy helps her remember. The other lets her forget.-Boys have cooties.
Taglines I LOVE!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?-ZOMG TELL ME MORE!!!
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Hush little students, don’t say a word…-daddy’s gonna buy you a... oh I see what you did there.
After by Amy Efaw
You’ve done the unthinkable. What happens… (after)-dun dun dunnn
Wake by Lisa McMann
Your dreams are not your own-cue ominous music
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
How does your life move forward when all you want to do is… (hold still)-aw!! *feeds on grief*
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
Bad boys and secrets are both hard to keep…-SEE? I want to read this! I take my comment about boys + cooties back.
Of course, I have to comment on one of my absolute FAVORITE taglines ever…. In a book I am now dying to read because of this very reason:
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I have no words to comment on this awesome. Actually, I'm not sure if this is actually on the cover of the book, but it seriously needs to be!
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story.
Through detailed observations, I have some solidly conclusive, yet very obvious findings. The job of the tagline should make a reader raise an eyebrow, take a closer look, and exclaim “I want to know what happens!” durrrr :p
I think the business of taglines is very subjective because as a reader, I'm not a fan of super-romance-y twu-luv type books, so that's why those 'love is the shizz' taglines are a turn-off for me. Others, I'm sure, would adore them.
Taglines should not be clichéd. Well, personally, something clichéd just makes me upset because we are writers. Our weapons of choice are words, why the heck would we recycle old ones to paste onto our heart-and-soul-novel??
So lastly, my questions to you are:
Do you like taglines? and if so, What are some of your favourite taglines from books? (And don’t limit yourself to my examples! There should be a memorable tagline floating somewhere in your brain)