A good title can make or break a fanfic. List (at least) five recent fanfics you've written. For each one, explain how you came up with the title and what it means.
I've skipped the ones with really obvious or purely descriptive titles... which unfortunately is a lot of them, since coming up with good titles is never easy... But i've listed ten, not five, because I'm a rebel.
This is taken from the title of episode one of Series One of Torchwood, which is appropriate as it's a Captain Jack!The Immortal/Buffy crossover drabble. And, you see, it's ironic because the one thing the Immortal can never do is change....
My title choice was probably influenced by the film Legally Blonde, but more importantly by the character Hotblack Desiato from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who was 'spending a year dead for tax reasons.' In this fic, Kennedy decides to spend a month dead for mystical reasons. (Well, there's a little more to it that that...)
Stockton Gala Days
This is the title of a song by 10,000 Maniacs, and is a reference to the (real life) women's prison in Stockton, California that Faith gets sent to. She's attempting, with not much success, to get over her feelings for Buffy, and the lyrics of the song reflect that:
Blue in the stream, like none I have seen,
apart from dreams that escape me.
There was no girl as bold as you. [...]
How I've learned to hide, how I've locked inside,
you'd be surprised if shown.
But you'll never, you'll never know.
Unstylish Yet High-Priced Boots
This is, of course, a reversal of Buffy's quote in Once More With Feeling about her "stylish yet affordable boots". Now in season 8 her boots are unstylish and utilitarian... and the price she's having to pay is not one that can be measured in dollars and cents.
But then again, too few to mention
Another song lyric title - this one, appropriately enough, from Spike's favourite song My Way. My hope was that readers would be familiar enough with the song to automatically fill in the preceding line: "Regrets, I've had a few," - this being a drabble, economy of words applies to the title too. :-) Incidentally, it was a discussion about my title for this fic that sparked the idea for the meme.
Netherlands to Nepal
A 'May to December' romance is when a young person and a very old person get together. A 'Netherlands to Nepal' romance is when a normal-sized person gets together with a 50-foot tall giant... (If you need more explanation: the Netherlands is one of the world's most low-lying countries, mostly below sea level. Nepal contains the world's highest mountains.)
That Other Kiss
For A Few Kisses More
The first story in my 'Kisses Trilogy' probably qualifies as one of the less inspired titles i've come up with - although it was written back when everybody was talking about Satsu giving Buffy the kiss of true love in 'The Long Way Home', so I assumed everyone would know which kiss I meant. But I made a casual reference in the fic to another time that Buffy had been kissed by a woman - without going into details - and BGF challenged me to write that story too. So 'That Other Kiss' just seemed, well, logical.
And then came 'Bring Back The Porn Day' , and I decided to try my hand at writing my first ever explicit sex fic as a sequel to 'That Other Kiss'. Which makes it a sequel to the prequel. (Don't think about that too hard...) This, naturally, would involve rather more than one kiss: hence 'For A Few Kisses More'. I did think about changing the titles of the first two stories to 'A Fistful of Kisses' and 'The Kiss, the Hug and the Grope' in honour of Clint Eastwood, but decided that would be too silly...
When big companies pay movie makers to show their products on screen as a form of surreptitious advertising, it's called product placement. When Pepsi Max decided - briefly - to sponsor LJ last year, I wrote this fic as a parody of where we might all end up if things were taken to their logical extreme. Of course, there's also a double entendre in the last paragraph concerning exactly where Willow and Tara (and Daniel Radcliffe too, although not concurrently) intended to place their bottle of Pepsi Max...
This is a quote from Melville's Moby Dick (yes, okay, and it's also a quote from Star Trek): "To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee." It shows Faith 's unyeilding determination to never surrender, and is also literal because she's fought her way up from the very heart of hell to seek justice from the people who sent her there (and also to stab at them with the pointy end of the Scythe...).
If Ever Before Thou Didst Hear My Voice Afar
Another literary quote, this one from the poem by Sappho which Willow is writing on Tara's back in 'Restless'. Since the poem is an invocation of Aphrodite to cast a love spell on an unwilling victim, I speculated in this drabble that Willow and Sappho might have had more in common than the obvious: that they were both, in fact, powerful witches with boundary and control issues. :-) The title was intended to emphasise this parallel.
If anyone else wants to play with this meme, please do. I tag my entire flist. :-)