Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2009 by Shachar Pessis
How Books got their Titles – My name is Shachar. What’s yours? Shachar means dawn in Hebrew, and it was my older sister who suggested the name to my parents. She was 5 years old when I was born and she liked the name Shachar, hence she pitched it to my folks (she was obviously very persuasive…). I honestly believe that people’s names act as their own personalized titles. Have you ever wondered how your fave books got their titles? Was it the title that inspired the book or was it the other way around? Gary Dexter decided to research and blog about interesting book titles. This cool blog offers fascinating ‘back stage’ stories about the titles of some of the most fabulous pieces of literature. I must admit that I didn’t recognize many of the listed titles, but when it came to titles I was familiar with, the blog’s content was superb. Here are just a few examples of my faves: Jaws, Around the World in Eighty Days and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. If I were the author of this last one I would call it No Place like Home. Why? The answer lies in the videos below.