A while back, I did a post on book covers that don’t reflect the inside of the book. So I thought I should make a post about books with nonsensical titles that have nothing to do with the book, because we all know there are plenty of those.
The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin
I think is the number one most wtf title ever. Honestly, it has absolutely nothing to do with this book. The Schwarzschild radius is some mathematical constant that has something to do with black holes. The only connection that this book has to that is one very minor character (he appears in like 1 chapter) who studies black holes or something like that. But it’s so completely irrelevant to the plot of the book and everything that goes on. I just don’t understand what the thought process behind that title was. “Oh well… this is a dark book… black holes are dark, right? What’s the most obscure black hole reference we can think of… oh I know!”
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Now, I’ve read this book a long time ago, but I don’t remember there being any catcher in any rye anywhere. I vaguely remember some reference to catching something in rye. I just googled it, and apparently it was a line in a song that the main character hears at some point. Seriously. What significance that has to the book? I don’t know. What does that tell you about the content of the book? Absolutely nothing. It just makes no sense. Almost anything would have had more significance to the book than that. Why wasn’t it called “The Red Cap” or “The Whiny Brat”. I feel like that last one most aptly describes the book. Can you tell I hated this book?
I get the title of the first one. The Darkest Minds cause they have mind powers and some of those powers are messed up and it just makes sense. But Never Fade? What does that have to do with the story. I just can’t find a connection. And I know the titles make a sentence. I feel like In the After Light makes more sense for that book somehow, but for the second book in the series, I just don’t get the title. Having said that, I do actually like Never Fade as a title, I think it’s a cool title. Just doesn’t have much to do with the book itself.