Ayoo! So, I’ve got a story in mind. And with that story, I’ve got two different titles, both which I like a lot. Both seem also to fit towards the story, and both are titles of songs.
So… ah, I’ll give e brief description of the story, and the titles and perhaps you can decide which of the two you like better.
It’s a story about a teenage (18) year old boy, named Ash. His life, honestly, mostly revolves around his high school life. He’s made himself a comfortable place in the hierarchy. He’s a bit of an informant, collecting and spreading rumors about the other students (subject to change), often using his body to get the information (in addition to being known as an informant, he’s also known for… sleeping around a bit).
Of course, Ash has also made himself a deal with his teacher… Something he’s not particularly proud of, but, he’s happy enough to get the good grades in return (teacher student relationships in this story are NOT romanticized and NOT portrayed in a positive light, though I can’t say much without spoiling later plots).
It’s a story that sort of follows this teen’s story. His relationship with his foster mother and brother, teacher-student relationships, sexual assault… Those sorts of things. It’s… aiming to be different, and respectful, in the sea of of bad boy, nerd transformation stories that do more harm than good.
So, on with the two titles I’ve come up with. Both songs the titles are based on inspired the story, and I still often repeat them while I’ve gotten myself in a rut.
The 505, based on the song ‘505’ by Arctic Monkeys.
While the song doesn’t exactly fir the story, I love the aesthetic it brings. Besides, it applies more when you think of the Urban Dictionary definition (browse at your own risk), “The thing which is simultamiously keeping you alive and killing you […]”
Teen Idle/Idol, based on the song ‘Teen Idle’ by Marina and the Diamonds.
Now, I suppose this song fits more to the character, as life isn’t… as he wants it to be, but he’s still going through with it. The aesthetic of the song also sort of fits, and I really like it. Either varitions of the title are fine, I suppose, though ‘Idle’ brings the feeling of doing nothing, while ‘Idol’ makes it seem as if he’s being looked up to (which, he isn’t really most of the time). This song, listening to it again right now, I remember really influenced the creation of the story. And, ah, I’ve listened to many-a-times while writing it.
Whichever one, though, say which you like more, please?
Now, of course, if you think neither of these titles fit very well, I’m open to suggestions! As a bit more of incentive/help, I’ve created the working cover for the story. Might influence your choice a bit!
I’m not a professional editor, so this isn’t amazing, but for my first edited cover, I’m actually quite proud of it. Pls no hate.
- The 505.
- Teen Idle.
Decided to add a poll to help out. But, please, do comment your reasons why below!