Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.–That Artsy Reader Girl
This is posted as part of Top Ten Tuesday, a blog feature where That Artsy Reader Girl provides prompts for top ten lists.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is ‘Extraordinary Titles’. I’m going to use this prompt to rank the titles of the short stories featured in The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson.
If you have not heard of The Bane Chronicles before, it’s basically an anthology of short stories that centre around a character called Magnus Bane, a warlock from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters universe of books. I love these stories. I read them digitally as they were released. I remember getting so excited as I waited for each new story to come out.
I will be ranking the stories by title alone, nothing to do with the stories themselves, from my least favourite to favourite. I think they are all good titles but I do have a bias for the funnier ones.
10. The Last Stand of the New York Institute
This is a rather serious title-like something out of a history book.
9. & 8. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort and The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
The construction of these two titles is pretty standard. They’re fine, I guess. I don’t have a lot to say about them which is why they are near the bottom of my ranking 🤷♀️.
7. & 6. The Runaway Queen and The Midnight Heir
Okay, we’re getting more exciting now. I’ve put these two together for being similarly phrased as The’ _____’ ‘_____’. Heirs and Queens are exciting subjects so you can’t go wrong there.
5. The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
Chuck in some parentheses and I’m a happy reader (because I, too, love to use them). And I love how this starts with the serious notion of ‘true love’ and then splashes in the ‘first dates’ bit casually. It gives this title a lighter, romantic comedy feel.
4. Saving Raphael Santiago
We love a play on pop culture.
3. What Really Happened in Peru
This title holds a lot of promise. Imagine someone coming up to you and promising to finally explain a secret reference they’ve been leaving you in the dark about for ages. Obvs you’re going to be excited and intrigued. This is the equivalent of that situation in story form. Love it.
2. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)
Again, parentheses for the win. I also love how this is phrased like a self-help book to begin with but then undercuts that with the side comment. Another implied romantic comedy.
1. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
I feel like this title represents it’s awesomeness without the need for explanation. This is a golden trio. A perfect recipe for a tasty story.
Bonus Entry: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
Interesting and not your normal story subject, so I liked this one.
Have you read The Bane Chronicles? Which title do you love best?