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  1. Ever since I was little I've found I can have an intense emotional response to the title of a book or film - a response which sometimes leaves me feeling disappointed when I actually read the book or watch the film. Does anyone know what I mean? Apparently when Peter Bogdanovich was making Paper Moon, Orson Welles told him "That title is so good, you shouldn't even make the picture, you should just release the title!" - I know exactly what he was saying! With that explanation, I'd love it if people could post some of the titles that sent a visceral thrill through them on first encounter. Here are some of mine: Dances With Wolves - I think I came across this in one of my Dad's hardline theocratic magazines from America; I have no clue why they were talking about this movie, but reading that title was like a jolt of electricity up my spine - it suggested something totally 'other', something wild, remote, mysterious... honestly, reading those three words was a numinous experience as a six-year-old. Looking back I have to laugh, as I'm sure the article was some deeply serious condemnation of the film, but I took nothing else in, and could only lift my eyes from the page in a thrill of wonder. The Silence of the Lambs - again, this was totally divorced from context (glad to say I was not subjected to this as a child!), but the title alone has this strange beauty completely separate from its meaning - The Young Sheep Are Quiet just doesn't have the same ring. The Eagle of the Ninth - I don't know if any of you have even heard of this; it's the book from which the recent film The Eagle was (loosely) adapted. I found it in my local library when I was five or six, and it was the first chapter-novel I read. I loved the book, but I'm not sure why the title drew me in so deeply - again it's much more than the literal meaning; it's like an echo at the edge of consciousness, a little like my response to Wagner or Mahler or the other great composers; it's as much to do with the sound of the title as the meaning. The Shadow of the Wind - I'm fairly sure this was a title specifically designed to create this feeling, and I certainly fell for it. The book was great, but how could anything live up to that title? (Actually, I remember that's exactly what C.S.Lewis said about reading The Well at the World's End, by William Morris - I'm glad to recall that Lewis was another sucker for the power of titles...) Well, please join in! I'd love to hear what titles have really fired your imagination - and whether or not the book/film lived up to them!
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