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Old 10-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 10-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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They use "epic" because it takes less space than "magnificent, sweeping, grandeur".
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #3
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Just a cycle

in the 1950's they had all those Epic Movies
Cleopatra, Spartacus, Jason and the Argonauts, How the West was Won ...
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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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"
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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"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.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:43 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:20 PM   #8
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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)
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #9
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It's not a *real* epic unless it begins in medias res and has a trip to the underworld.
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It's not a real epic unless Leonardo di Crappio dies.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #11
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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

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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
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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.
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I need to use the restroom for an epic.........................
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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?
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