"In grad school, "literary" was used as a synonym for "good." You often hear people these days say things like, "The classics were genre fiction," to which a grad school prof would say, "No they weren't -- they were good." If a genre writer wrote a good book, it was considered to have "transcended the genre.""

- J. Mark Bertrand
Are Movie Titles Getting More Bland?

An upcoming animated film, based on the book The True Meaning Of Smekday, will be released as Home. Which of these titles is more interesting to you? Studios may have a habit of preferring bland titles over interesting ones.


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Comments on "Are Movie Titles Getting More Bland?":
1. Sparky - 03/18/2014 1:08 pm EDT

They really should have called it "John Carter of Mars". I remember the final title just flat-lining with anybody I talked to about it.

2. Phil - 03/18/2014 4:42 pm EDT

Yeah. The rationale given for dropping "of Mars" makes little sense. Did you see all the talk in the comments on alt. titles for "Brazil"? Hilarious.

3. Greybeard - 03/18/2014 7:28 pm EDT

The modern 87 screeen megaplex doesn't have room on the marquee for more than one word per movie. So any interesting titles are going to get shortened.

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