A team from BookBub have prepared a set of word clouds that show most popular words used in book titles. The bigger the word, the more popular it is in a particular genre.
When you go through the charts, you’ll notice that there are words that are popular beyond the genres. Yes, we are talking about “dark,” “dead,” and “death.”
The visuals were prepared for writers who are brainstorming titles for new books:
Each genre has its own title conventions, and studying the other titles in your genre, especially those that have been selling well, will help you learn how to target your audience.
However, I find these charts interesting also for readers. Do words like “star” or “alien” help you pick up the next sci-fi novel to read? Aren’t thrillers about darkness and coldness?
Whiles titles of novels are about creating very specific associations, the non-fiction books are more versatile, as their titles represent popular topics: war, history, books, and… dogs.
We’ve selected a few examples below. When you visit the original post you’ll see a presentation that includes all thirty genres. Chick-lit, young adult, historical fiction, supernatural suspense, and children’s books among them.
BookBub is a website with free or discounted ebooks for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and other platforms. They frequently post interesting infographics and charts about books and reading.
Hannah Reynolds, who shared the title trends, has already announced there are more charts to come on this topic.
Click or tap on the images below, to see them enlarged.
Most popular words used in book titles
Horror – dead, horror, zombie.
Mystery – murder, dead, death.
Science fiction – star, dark, shadow.
Thriller – justice, cold, dead.
Women’s fiction – life, love, home.
Non-fiction – war, history, book.
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