The Comp Title Challenge

by - February 10, 2018

I was tagged for this GENIUS CHALLENGE this week by Savannah and it was very kind of her, considering that I HAD ALMOST STOLEN THIS FROM TRACEY EARLIER! This was invented by Madeline at Short and Snappy, and if Comp Titles sounds strange, I shall explain momentarily.




To quote Madeline herself, a comp (comparison) title is a book that is similar to your story in either content, genre, format, anything of that sort. It’s most often used as a marketing tool to help authors pique the interests of their readers. Just as an example, The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons was marketed as "The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver". (<< perfect)


So now, the rules:

- pick a few of your WIPs - 
- give them some comp titles - 
- tag a few people - 
- have fun -

This is going to be haaard... and fun XD Let's look on the bright side: YOU ALL GET TO BE INTRODUCED TO MY NEW WIPS!! XD And just like Sav, I'm going to do five stories ...















 - deep within her veins -
Red Queen meets The Winner's Curse meets Robin Hood

My brainstorming buddy Karyssa and I took a long time to come up with this title (ok so we were joking and laughing our heads off half the time) but I'm quite delighted with it! Deep Within Her Veins is a fantasy based on this premise, "what if in a fantasy kingdom there are people with superpowers, and what if these people were hunted for a bounty?"

About the comp titles: Red Queen because it's about a people divided by their possession or lack of  super powers and there's a villain queen; The Winner's Curse because it's about a general's daughter who doesn't like fighting and makes friends with the enemy; and Robin Hood because the hunted are a group of outlaws living in the woods and stealing from others to survive.



- the first boy tooth fairy -
Rise of the Guardians meets Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes meets Cordelia Funke

This book is dedicated to my sister who came up with the idea of "a first boy tooth fairy". And that's pretty much all I've figured out so far - THE TOOTFAIRIES ADOPT A BOY. 

About the comp titles: Rise of the Guardians because of the toothfairies and the mythical/legendary/fairytale mood; Peter Nimble because (even though I haven't finished the book) it's middle grade, and it's magical, and it's has the mood; and Cordelia Funke because even though I haven't finished any of her books I love her style and the half real/half magical worlds of hers are what I'm aiming for.










- the 101st human -
Robinson Crusoe meets The Maze Runner meets A Time to Die meets the story of Moses

This was based on a prompt from Abigayle Claire: what measures must be taken to keep the population of an island at the safest number of exactly 100 people? The 101st Human, as I'm sure you figured, shows that ... things have got a bit against the plan...

About the comp titles: Robinson Crusoe because it's all set on an island; The Maze Runner because our characters are always running and it gets really creepy as things go on; A Time to Die because there's a girl and a boy and younger child and they move around continuously and I hope to bring in something about God like Nadine did; the story of Moses because there's a baby that has to be hidden because it shouldn't be alive. 

(oh and I just thought that it might have a similar setting and hopefully relatively similar creep level as the three episode movie And Then There Were None. *shudders*)










- cassandra -
Disney princesses meets Melanie Dickerson meets the Dragon Keeper Chronicles meets Westmark

This one, guys, has been my baby since I was twelve? It began as an "evil queen and two evil stepdaughter take over the kingdom from true-heir-daughter-of-the-king when he dies" and it had a handsome knight (who looks relatively like Caspian in the movie) and a love triangle (!! yes I thought that was very original when I conceived it) :P Now though, it has developed into this idea: usually an ordinary kid finds out she is actually the lost heir. But this time, the soon to be queen finds out, she is not royalty.

About the comp title: Disney princesses because who can ever beat Disney at princesses? Melanie Dickerson because she has the best fairy tale (aka princess) stories set in Medieval Europe and my fantasy land is pretty much like Medieval Europe. Also Dragon Keeper because I hope to have as much color and humor and adventure and the same kinds of CITIES. And Westmark, because the setting and and the characters give me the same vibes and mood.




- made of dust -
Little Women meets Fangirl meets Purple Moon meets What Light


This is my first ever contemporary! And ... it's so hard because I CANNOT CREATE AN EVIL VILLAIN TO BE MY CONFLICT. But it's about a half-Chinese girl and her family who get to know a family with five adopted kids - all the kids are of different nationalities (that might be super unrealistic idk, but hey! It's my novel!)

About the comp titles: Little Women because it's pretty much similar idea but set today and a flip of four boys and one girl instead haha. Fangirl because I want that much intensity in the internal conflicts. Purple Moon because I want that much light and goodness to shine through. And What Light because I want it to be as cute and lovable as that.


Okay what did everyone think?

And now on to the tagging!



so what did you think of my wips?
and my comp titles?



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43 comments

  1. THESE ALL SOUND AMAZING!!! HAHA, I'M NEVER CATCHING UP ON TAGS!! :p

    This sounds like a fun tag to do. Definitely excited for this one. *nods*

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

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    1. THANK YOU IVIE!! I'M NOT GOING TO CATCH UP EITHER AT THE RATE YOU KEEP PASSING THEM TO ME ;P I'm just returning the favor XD

      This is a really good one yep! Oh and did you see my Storm Siren review in the last post (bc I think it was you who wanted to see it specifically. Ages ago, actually!) :D

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    2. WAS IT ME!!!?? *rushes off to go read review because I've been a bad blog reader lately. XD*

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    3. YUP- in the fall you asked on GR XD

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  2. These are great! I love the 101st Human idea. That's a really cool concept! Kind of creepy with great potential for a wonderful story!

    Great job with all of these. I can tell you put a lot of thought into them!

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    1. THANKS SARAH! I really like the premise for The 101st Human too; I actually started by writing a really short short based on the prompt and then BOOM I HAD TO MAKE IT A BOOK XD

      I'm glad you like them!! :D Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS! All of them! But I love the FIRST BOY TOOTH FAIRY one the best. Idk, it just sounds so cool and hilarious! And the 101st human too.... These alllll.

    I might just steal this tag.

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT AND ENTHUSIASM!! ^.^ Lol The First Boy Toothfairy is going to be hilarious XDD

      TAG!! YOU'RE IT!! Totally giving it to you too :D I want to tag so many people for this, but ... I JUST DON'T KNOW WHO WANTS IT OR HAS DONE IT ALREADY. SO feel free to steal from me haha

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    2. XD I LOVE BEING ENTHUSIASTIC. Lol. I'm imagining it now... of course, it's probably nothing like what you're thinking ( or it is, in which we have great minds because great minds think alike, but I've got a boy in my head, saying, "Do I have to wear a tutu?) XD Can't wait for that one.

      *steals/takes/accepts it* Yay!

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  4. Ooh - I really like these mixes! And the stories sound amazing - I'm pretty sure that I would pick them off a shelf in a bookstore based on some of these summaries. Great job on this!

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    1. I's so happy you like the comp titles! Thanks so much True :D That's like the best compliment of ever, that the ideas are that appealing to you! ^.^ YOU'RE SO SWEET <3

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  5. These sound like so much fun! Especially the 101st human---that has HUGE potential and I LOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. THANKS ELAIKIE <3 I'M GLAD YOU SEE THE POTENTIAL AND I HOPE IT WILL LIVE UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE WITH ALL YOUR EXCITEMENT I SUDDENLY FEEL A BIT NERVOUS BUY I'M DELIGHTED YOU LIKE IT!!!!!

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  6. LISA LISA LISA I NEEEED THE 101st HUMAN. Please write it ASAP if you haven’t yet and then I will most definitely volunteer to read the thing. IT SOUNDS SO EPIC. I’m all for slightly creepy books as you know. :P

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    1. ^^^^^YES I'M WITH KATIE GRACE!! I need this novel YESTERDAY.

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    2. KATIE!! Omw your enthusiasm is contagious! I PROMISE I'M WORKING ON IT NOW! XD that's literally the best thing you could say and I'll keep you in mind when the yet-to-be-written wip is ready to be read lol ;) AND YES *highfive for creepy books*

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    3. MUSICGIRL THANKS SO MUCH; I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THE IDEA <3

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  7. I LUV ALL THE WIPS AND THE COMP TITLE EXPLAINATIONS!!!

    Catherine

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    1. AHHH CATHERINE THAT JUST MAKES MY DAY <3 glad you loved them!!

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  8. This tag seems totally EPIC!! And I love your idea for The First Boy Toothfairy! :D Maybe you'll write that one first??

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    1. I KNOW MADELINE WAS THE GENIUS OF ALL TIME WHEN SHE DID THIS BECAUSE I LOOOVE COMP TITLES! I think all books should have them! I'm so excited that you like The First Boy Toothfairy idea! I'm definitely going to start writing it soon ;) I'm a multitasking writer, so I like to work on a few projects at once lol

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  9. This is such a fun idea! I may just have to steal it, lol xD

    Your stories all sound incredible and I am in awe and i need them all now o.o

    ~ Abby

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    1. YES STEAL IT STEAL IT!! *tags you anyway*

      YOUR COMMENT IS SO SMILE-MAKING AND WOW I AM SO INCREDIBLY DELIGHTED YOU LIKED THE IDEAS THAT MUCH <3

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  10. These sound amazing! I really want to read The First Boy Toothfairy - when and where will it be available? XD Also, Made of Dust sounds really cool. Adoption stories are my favorites!

    Brianna

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    1. THANKS A MILLION BRIANNA!! Lol hopefully it will be available someday in the unforeseen future?? XD I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE MADE OF DUST TOO ^.^ I've never written an adoption story so I hope I'll do an ok job with it!!

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  11. About the last book... it may seem unrealistic but not if you're a part of Angelina Jolie's family xD

    I think it's interesting to explore how families of people with various nationalities live their lives. It may be hard work but it's a very interesting idea.

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    1. AHAHAHA YES, GRACE! XDD Good point ;) *gulps* I feel like I've given myself a huge project here, trying to weave all THAT in, but as you said, IT WILL BE FUN TO EXPLORE while it will be hard work too... glad you like the idea!!

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  12. I really want to read The First Toothfairy!!! It all seems super exciting (because like the concept is just so novel just like WHATTTT).

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. WELL THANKS I'M GLAD THAT IDEA GRABBED YOUR ATTENTION! It really ... kind of hit me too lol ("the concept is just so novel" lol that pun tho <<) THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENT

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  13. Oh my word, this is great! I love all your titles!! And "Deep Within Her Vains" haha that took awhile to come up with! We had a lot of fun with that one. And, I let you keep your pronoun lol ;P

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    1. LOL THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPROVAL DEAR ;D

      WOT, "VAINS", KARYSSA? "VAINS"??? It's VEINS xD LOL WE HAD SUCH A BLAST. Thanks for letting my keep my absolutely beloved pronoun, but hey be proud of me! The other titles don't have pronouns ... yet XD And I might rename Cassandra yet. I'll attempt to not use a pronoun there. I'm still "coursing through the vains" of the jungle trying to sort and untangle the plots here. HA!

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  14. I was reading this, and kept going "Wow, that story sounds so cool!! Oh, this one sounds great too!! This is really cool, I hope I get tagged...." And then BOOM there's my name at the bottom.... ASKJDFHLSKDJFH

    Cassandra sounds really cool!! I love stories that flip the usual stuff completely upside down!

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    1. EEEP THANK YOU <3 I'm so happy you liked THEM ALL XDD Oh ho looks like I tagged one person right at least! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU DO IT!

      Cassandra is my baby <3 I'm so excited you like it!! THANKS AGAIN!

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  15. (Warning: prepare yourself for an influx of all-caps...)

    OH MY GOOOOOOOOOSH!!! LISA, THESE STORIES. I JUST... I JUST CAN'T!!! THEY ALL SOUND SO AMAZING, HAAAAALP!! *collapses*

    I. Could. Not. Even. Pick. A. Favorite.

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

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    1. (Oh my oh dear)

      OMW LILA YOU ARE SO SWEET!! AND I'M SO PUMPED THAT YOU LIKED THEM ALL. I JUST CAN'T EITHER ... I mean you seem to have even more enthusiasm right now than me myself? HAHAHA. THANK YOU FOREVER <3

      *is speechless* LIKE. I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU NOW *hugs*

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  16. WHOOOO NICE TITLES!!! AND THE 101st HUMAN SOUNDS EPPIICCC. YO.
    I might do this. ;D
    God bless!
    -Ang | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

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    1. AAAHHH THANK YOU ANG! I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKE MY TITLES!! :DD yes The 101st Human -- THANKS AND THANKS FOR A THIRD TIME!! You are the best *high five* CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR COMP TITLES HAHA

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  17. OH MY GOSH YAY THANK YOU FOR DOING MY CHALLENGE. Loved all your answers!! :D

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    1. OH MY WORD YAY THANK YOU FOR CREATING THIS EPIC TAG!! :DD I JUST LOVE IT! Glad you liked my ideas ^.^

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  18. DUDE THIS IS SO COOL!!!! I love it! Also, the first photo? Did you take that? It's AMAZING!! I love it. :) This post was such a delight. I love books that are book comparisons. Helps me get a feel in just a few words.

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU AMANDA!! No, unfortunately, my photography skills aren't that good. I found the image on Unsplash. I'm so happy you liked the post! and yup, comparison titles are the best. I wish I had tagged you bc I'D LOVE TO SEE COMP TITLES FOR YOUR BOOKS XD Thanks for commenting <333

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