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Breaking Bard — how to get inspiration for your book title from Shakespeare and The Bible

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shakespeare1Do you have problems finding just the right title for your book? You could try taking a leaf out of two of the best-selling books of this year and last year which have titles inspired by Shakespeare and The Bible.

Those two books are The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.

Green’s YA smash has sold at least an astonishing 12 million copies and the title comes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 2):

Cassius: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

The title of Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, coming out in July with an initial print run of two million, has its origins in the Bible (Isaiah 21:6):

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

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