With hundreds of books published each month and a finite number of words in the English language, authors are bound to have a title now and then that’s vaguely reminiscent of another. But lately, it feels like title deja vu is hitting more often than usual.
Check out the recent books that made us look twice.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins vs. The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
Titles similar to that of a best-seller seem to be taking advantage of busy people who forget to read closely. But if you picked up Joubert’s historical romance wanting a thriller about a voyeuristic alcoholic, you might be in for a shock.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn vs. Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer vs. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Pretty soon, we could have a whole rainbow full of girls in coats.
Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin vs. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Why do we love turning socialites into creatures? Does it make us feel more human or something?
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler vs. Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Sweetbitter’s coming-of-age tale about a waitress in New York City doesn’t have the life-or-death gravity of Sweetgirl’s blizzard-stricken journey, but they’re both riddled with drama.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown vs. The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
What about all the silver sons, huh?
Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock vs. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Bock’s is a wrenching medical drama, while Rowell’s reminds you of the magic of first love.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain vs. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin vs. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
There’s a wife’s tale for everyone!
Wild by Cheryl Strayed vs. Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis
Tough women explore the great outdoors alone: But while Strayed is an amateur hiker, Marquis is a pro.
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford vs. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One’s the book that started the disturbing and wonderful adult coloring book trend; the other is a magical tale beloved by young girls the world over. Technically, you could color in both of them… but it might make it hard to read Burnett’s classic tale underneath all your marker swirls.