Why the rash of "Epic Stories"?
Has anyone noticed that it is now obligatory for a history book to have a title that includes "the Epic Story"? Usually this is a subtitle. For example this is from a search on Amazon uk:
America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation
Coral Sea Story: An epic tale of adventure on the Queensland frontier
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon
The Fourth Part of the World: The Epic Story of History's Greatest Map
The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth
Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life
Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
Epic: The Epic Story of Epic Stories
and so on. That last one is a joke.
Is this just a fad or are writers/publishers so bereft of imagination that epic is the only word they have to describe how awesome their "story" is?
Of course this is not a majority of history books but it's something that's irritated me more and more lately. Are these really all epic?
Last edited by corroonb; 10-06-2012 at 01:32 PM.