I’m sure these days every third book or so follows this simple formula for a title.
Honestly. The Taxidermist’s Daughter. The Time-Traveller’s Wife. The Pirate’s Daughter. The Firework Maker’s Daughter. The Photographer’s Wife. The Gravedigger’s Daughter. The Alchemist’s Daughter.
I find it extremely annoying… and yet still these titles draw me in. I think they work because they make you immediately ask these three questions:
1. Why is it important that there is a (career title, preferably to do with death and male by inference) in this book?
2. What would it be like to be the (relation title, preferably female and traditionally dependent) of a (career title)?
3. How will the (career title) have an effect on the course of the (relation title)’s life?
So though they’re pretty annoying and I wish people would stop doing them, they’re pretty effective.
I’m holding out hope for The Assassin’s Great Aunt or The Poisoner’s Step-Niece to hit the bookshops soon.