I wrote the first volume of Factory Girl – The Girl With Two Souls – from December 2013 to January 2014, and at that point I’d had the book title floating around my mind for quite a while. It seems however that there’s a bit of a trend at the moment for novels with ‘The Girl’ in the title.
A few months ago an online article at npr.org observed: Crime novelist Megan Abbott and Sarah Weinman of the newsletter Publisher’s Lunch stopped by to discuss the phenomenon with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “I have talked to other crime writers that have been urged by various professional people in their life to put the word girl in their title,” says Abbott. “It’s not necessarily an issue with the content of the book itself, but there’s this sort of shorthand that if it has ‘girl’ in the title, then I know what to expect.”
And on bustle.com: Of course, not all “girl” books could capture that same attention. But even some of those that didn’t, or some those that were published before using “girl” titles were all the rage, are absolute must-reads. Don’t get cynical; not all books with “girl” in the title are trying to recapture the singular magic of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Some of these “girl” books are unique and thoughtful and funny and smart in their own ways, and they’re not just Gone Girl wannabes. In fact, many of the books included on this list are ones you need to read.
And from last year: Goodreads have released their 15 most popular books with the word “girl” in the title, and the diverse list ranges from romance to YA to historical fiction…
The NY Times seems more cynical about the trend though: “Girl” books seem destined to be big this summer , with several juicy and suspenseful novels arriving during the next few months. And while their titles may seem formulaic at this point, their plots and prose often wreak havoc on the tired trope of girls in peril.
Thank goodness I had my titles set in 2012, although it is true that Kora, who’s 14, is very much in peril…