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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Twenty-Six Favorite Titles

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.

Day Twenty-Six: Titles

No cuts - it's not like there are any spoilers anyway (except #12, which is a special case). This is what it says on the tin: the titles that I like the best for being titles. Not influenced by whether the actual media is any good. Random order again because there's no ranking these, although #1 definitely deserves its place.

26. Let's Kill Hitler (Doctor Who episode)

This line in context, and its delivery, were the best part of an otherwise middling episode, but it's also a delightful way to summarize the plot and enthuse the viewer because yay, we're going to kill Hitler!

25. Joy Sonnet in a Random Universe (poem)

Gimmick poem but the title makes me feel good; the whole thing might make you feel good if you search it and read it out loud.

24. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (book/movie)

See, I don't think this beautiful phrase could have occurred if it were written in English first. I'm guessing it doesn't sound as good in Czech.

23. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (song by Fleet Foxes)

This one has my firm recommendation for the entire melody and lyrics too, btw.

22. City Nightfall's Rendezvous (short story)

You won't find this story anywhere; my friend wrote it when both of us were about 15 and I'm sure he's wiped the internet clean of it, but the cadence has stuck in my head all this time.

21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (book/movie)

Someday I've got to read this, I think.

20. Grim Fandango (video game)

I think I heard once that it was named after a card game or something?

19. Things Fall Apart (book by Chinua Achebe/song by Cristina)

There are multiple books named after lines in Yeats's The Second Coming, understandably since they all come out pretty damn cool. Anyone noticed how often I steal lines of poetry for use in fanfiction? Sometimes a trick just works.

18. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (movie)

I had to look this one up just now because I thought I remembered it was also a line from a poem. It is; "Eloisa to Abelard” by Alexander Pope.

17. Half-Life (video game)

Short and to the point, but there's so many ways it can be interpreted.

16. The Sound and the Fury (book by William Faulkner)

Shakespeare quote this time. It sounds so glorious and oceanic on its own, but the meaning within the text changes everything.

15. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (movie/play)

Oh hey, also a Shakespeare quote. I did at one point rent this one just on the basis of the title, and will need to do so again because I think it was too smart for me at the time.

14. Mossflower (book by Brian Jacques)

Along with the food descriptions, one thing Jacques really had a knack for was place names. This was my favorite.

13. Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love (song by TMBG)

The song isn't worth your time but please enjoy this unlikely phrase to roll around in your head.

12. John Dies at the End (book/movie)

Yeah I watched this for the sake of the title too, even though I don't like horror. It was kind of neat (and funny), if confusing.

11. Battlestar Galactica (TV show, twice)

Battlestar Galactica! Battlestar-freakin'-Galactica! I say it again, it's fun to say, Battlestar Galactica, Battlestar Galactica...I want to get two ferrets and name them Battlestar and Galactica.

10. Ancestral Recall (Magic: the Gathering card)

Could probably make an entire list of just Magic card names, but the only other one I can think of right now is "Naked Singularity". Oh! "Apocalypse Chime", that's a good one.

9. The Fault in Our Stars (book/movie)

Haven't read it, haven't seen it, don't really intend to, don't need to be convinced to change my mind, but kudos for that sweet title.

8. Bam Thwok (song by the Pixies)

If I ever open up a nightclub this is what I'm going to call it.

7. Atlas Shrugged (book by Ayn Rand)

For sure gonna read this sometime.

6. Dude, Where's My Car? (movie)

I watched it, so you don't have to - you're welcome - but you've quoted the title at some point so don't say this movie never did anything for you.

5. Progress as If Survival Mattered (book)

At my house we have a few shelves of used books which we bought in bulk to resell. One of them near my desk had this title, and it haunted me until I added it to the list; I don't know anything else about it.

4. Hellblazer (comic)

Adapted into a movie and a TV show and neither of them have used this awesome and thematically descriptive antihero name, I don't understand that.

3. A Ring of Endless Light (book by Madeline L'Engle)

Wikipedia tells me, "The title originates from a phrase in the seventeenth-century Welsh poet Henry Vaughan's poem 'The World'," which I remember being used in the text. It also tells me I need to reread this, because I haven't since I was a kid and I think I loved it even while the whole thing was going over my head.

2. Yourself or Someone Like You (album by Matchbox 20)

Because what possible context could this have?

1. Lady Dolphina's Warrior Goddess Belly Dance Workout

Oh my God you guys I've been so excited to bless your life with this extraordinary title especially since I pictured you reading it and thinking ha ha must be some kind of comedy or spoof but NO, it's an ACTUAL WORKOUT VIDEO, it's BASED ON BELLY DANCING and it's made by a woman who calls herself LADY DOLPHINA and she refers to women as WARRIOR GODDESSES throughout the WHOLE THING, I know this because I'VE DONE THE LADY DOLPHINA WARRIOR GODDESS BELLY DANCE WORKOUT, it's been some time but HOW COULD I EVER FORGET?

(Except, googling just now has revealed that there doesn't seem to be a video which puts all the elements in the same order that I quoted up there, but I don't want to ruin it, just accept my version. You can trust me, I'm a warrior goddess. Lady Dolphina told me so.)
Tags: #1, #12, 30 day meme, a book i read, a comic i read, a game i played, a movie i saw, a show i watched, doctor who, music, poetry
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