Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > General Discussions

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
corroonb
Addict
corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
corroonb's Avatar
 
Posts: 310
Karma: 1199319
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ireland
Device: Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura, Nexus 7
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 02:32 PM.
corroonb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
Jozawun
Evangelist
Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jozawun ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Jozawun's Avatar
 
Posts: 490
Karma: 1597460
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Device: Cybook Gen 3, Pocketbook 902, Sony 650
They use "epic" because it takes less space than "magnificent, sweeping, grandeur".
Jozawun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
theducks
Grand Sorcerer
theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theducks ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
theducks's Avatar
 
Posts: 15,250
Karma: 6020307
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: (The original) Silicon Valley, USA
Device: Galaxy Tab 2, Astak Pocket Pro, K4NT
Just a cycle

in the 1950's they had all those Epic Movies
Cleopatra, Spartacus, Jason and the Argonauts, How the West was Won ...
theducks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
Freeshadow
temp. out of service
Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,330
Karma: 12999524
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Duisburg (DE)
Device: BeBook mini
Marketing strategy.
Just because "Epic Story of Crapball" sounds better than "How doggy-like 'get the ball' with humans keep the masses happy, or 'panem et circenses' in a nutshell"
Freeshadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
teh603
Snarky Snark
teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.teh603 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
teh603's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,198
Karma: 6244877
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Coastal Texas
Device: Asus TF300
"Epic" is a flavor of the month word, just like "fever" around 1980. It'll be gone in a few years, just like Bjork and Leonardo di Caprio.
teh603 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
spindlegirl
Grand Scheme of Things
spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
spindlegirl's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,238
Karma: 9848175
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a Tim Hortons, most likely.
Device: Sony PRS-T2 (Black), K4, Moonreader pro on my LG Nexus 4 phone
Title colon subtitle seems to be a way books are marketed.

Buying Purses: Why handbags, purses, and knapsacks are a Fashion Statement in Today's World and What we can Do about it. (I made that title up, obviously)

Here is a funny blog post about it.
spindlegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #7
corroonb
Addict
corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.corroonb ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
corroonb's Avatar
 
Posts: 310
Karma: 1199319
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ireland
Device: Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura, Nexus 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by spindlegirl View Post
Title colon subtitle seems to be a way books are marketed.

Buying Purses: Why handbags, purses, and knapsacks are a Fashion Statement in Today's World and What we can Do about it. (I made that title up, obviously)

Here is a funny blog post about it.
That is a funny blog post and pretty much reflects my feeling about this. Thanks.
corroonb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
morriss003
Evangelist
morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.morriss003 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
morriss003's Avatar
 
Posts: 437
Karma: 3409790
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Maui
Device: kindle
Now here is an excellent reason for a MR poll. What should be the next "epic" word? Suggestions, anyone?
(BTW, I was crushed to read that "Epic: The Epic Story of Epic Stories" was a joke)
morriss003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
Andrew H.
Grand Master of Flowers
Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,193
Karma: 8233324
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Naptown
Device: Kindle PW, Kindle 3 (aka Keyboard), iPhone, iPad 3 (not for reading)
It's not a *real* epic unless it begins in medias res and has a trip to the underworld.
Andrew H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 12:34 AM   #10
Lemurion
eReader
Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Lemurion's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,620
Karma: 4426814
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: iPhone 3GS; Kindle 4 (Black); Nook HD+
It's not a real epic unless Leonardo di Crappio dies.
Lemurion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
BenG
Wizard
BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BenG ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
BenG's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,787
Karma: 58923204
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Arkham, MA
Device: Paperwhite
I came across this one today. Two colons!

Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime by Mark Frost

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...m_aya_bb_lists
BenG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #12
spindlegirl
Grand Scheme of Things
spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
spindlegirl's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,238
Karma: 9848175
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a Tim Hortons, most likely.
Device: Sony PRS-T2 (Black), K4, Moonreader pro on my LG Nexus 4 phone
Quote:
Originally Posted by BenG View Post
I came across this one today. Two colons!

Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime by Mark Frost

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...m_aya_bb_lists
haha!
spindlegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #13
RainingLemur
Spork Connoisseur
RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RainingLemur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
RainingLemur's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,358
Karma: 16780603
Join Date: Mar 2011
Device: Nook Color
It's just one of those fads that has leaked into a lot of things these days. Everything is epic, it seems. Or, at least has the potential to be. It'll pass. Hopefully.
RainingLemur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #14
Apache
Readaholic
Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Apache's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,374
Karma: 33094036
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Georgia
Device: Nook Color / Nook HD+
I need to use the restroom for an epic.........................
Apache
Apache is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #15
Andrew H.
Grand Master of Flowers
Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Andrew H. ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,193
Karma: 8233324
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Naptown
Device: Kindle PW, Kindle 3 (aka Keyboard), iPhone, iPad 3 (not for reading)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RainingLemur View Post
It's just one of those fads that has leaked into a lot of things these days. Everything is epic, it seems. Or, at least has the potential to be. It'll pass. Hopefully.
Didn't everything use to be awesome?
Andrew H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deal: "The Curse of Chalion" $0.99 Epic Fantasy (Kindle/Nook/Kobo/Sony) Andreiuta Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 8 03-16-2012 08:45 AM
New Epic Fantasy, "A Tide of Shadows" by Tom Bielawski tombielawski Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 2 12-02-2011 11:02 AM
"The Sword and the Dragon" by M.R. Mathias a 700+pg epic fantasy w/100k word preview M. R. Mathias Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 32 09-21-2010 08:29 AM
New Short Story Release: "4 Stories Down, 4 Stories Up" by Sara Elizabeth UntreedReads Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 0 07-07-2010 12:47 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:59 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.