Saturday, September 21, 2013

Die Little Darling

If you've been around this gig for a while, you've heard the phrase 'kill your darlings'.  Personally, I don't like the concept, but I think in this case, I'll allow it. 

I love the title Djinnocide.  To me, it's perfect.  It says what I need it to say about the book - something is killing djinn (basically genocide for genies*).  But it's not obvious about it.  It's witty, but not overly so - like the idea I chucked early on to call this Djinn and Tonic (doesn't fit the story or I would've used it because I'm just that demented).

But I think I have to kill it**. 

It's hard to wrap your brain around if you're not familiar with djinn it's hard to pronounce (djinn = 'gin', btw).  Plus, it's not a real word, which makes wrapping the brain around it harder.  It's an amalgam of two words and will most likely confuse the hell out of people.  (Or already does as the case may be.)

So, I've put up another poll over there.  Go pick the alternate title you like best, if you would. 

*Hey!  Genocide for Genies?  Could that be the title?  I've been staring at this too long when everything looks like a title.

** And with it, kill a page full of titles for subsequent books in this series - Djinnesis, Djinntuition, Djinnuine...  Yeah, I have a few dozen of them.  :headdesk:

PS. I tossed The Third Wish as a title because it didn't fit and I decided I didn't like it.  Sorry for them what voted for it.


  1. Nope. Sorry. Raining on your parade. I don't like any of them. All of them sound like romantic suspense titles. I would not describe Djinnocide as a romantic suspense. It is a suspense. There's a little romance, but there's a lot more fantasy of the urban variety there. I have no suggestions for you. My brain is burned toast at the moment. The only titles I can come up with are "If Wishes Were Genies" (or "If Genies Were Wishes") and "Olly, Olly Genie Free." I warned you.

    Why yes, I will be drinking tonight. Why to you ask? *~shifty eyes~* Oh! Wait! "Kill One, Get One Free." *ducks and runs*

  2. LOL, Silver. Ya know, the more I think about it, the more 'Wish in One Hand' grows on me. But I'll get over it. ;o)

    Other fun potential titles:
    Immortal's Not Forever, Stupid
    Buttonfly Genies
    Immortality's Only Skin Deep
    Genie Splicing
    D.N.A - Djinn Neutralization Association
    Efreet of Foot

  3. I took the poll down. Silver was right. Those titles weren't embodying what my book is.