Top Ten Tuesday: (Ten More) Frequently Used Words in YA Fantasy Titles, Part II

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! How’s that for alliteration? To celebrate their tenth birthday, one of the options for this week’s topic was to choose a topic we had done in the past and update it or add on. One of the past theme’s that I had the most fun writing was my Frequently Used Words in YA Fantasy Titles post. I’ve always wanted to revisit that topic again, and now I have the perfect opportunity!

1. STORM
Examples: Siege and Storm, Storm and Fury, The Storm Crow, Crystal Storm, Girls of Storm and Shadow

2. STARS
Examples: Wild Savage Stars, Scavenge the Stars, All the Stars and Teeth, Even the Darkest Stars, The Star-Touched Queen

3. THORNS
Examples: Sorcery of Thorns, The Language of Thorns, Princess of Thorns, Heart of Thorns, A Treason of Thorns

4. KING
Examples: The Wicked King, The Girl King, King of Fools, Daughter of the Pirate King, King of Scars

5. FLAME
Examples: We Hunt the Flame, Flame in the Mist, The Candle and the Flame, Heart of Flames, Shadow & Flame

6. NIGHT
Examples: Frost Like Night, A Torch Against the Night, Beast of the Night, Beware the Night, The Night Country

7. REIGN
Examples: Reign of the Fallen, Two Dark Reigns, Immortal Reign, Long May She Reign, Reign the Earth

8. SERPENT
Examples: Serpent & Dove, The Silvered Serpents, Reign of Serpents, Girl, Serpent, Thorn, The Serpent’s Shadow

9. COURT
Examples: The Court of Miracles, Court of Five, Court of Lions, The Glittering Court, A Court of Thorns and Roses

10. THOUSAND
Examples: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, A Thousand Nights, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, The Ten Thousand Doors of January


It’s amazing how many of these titles could have been used more than once! I was also surprised that I had hardly any BLANK of BLANK and BLANK titles this go around.

20 thoughts

  1. This is so true!! I feel like I never really noticed how much overlap there is in titles but now that its been pointed out its like they all use the same words 😂

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    1. I have definitely gotten books confused because of similar titles! And because they’re always so long, people shorten them to acronyms like ACOWAR and ASOWAR, so I’m like, what book are y’all talking about just use the title 😩

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