Besides a similarity in titles, there’s not a whole lot in common between A Time to Kill by John Grisham and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. First of all, both books have great titles. It’s tough to mess up a book title when you put the words “To Kill” in it. Adding the words “To Kill” will improve almost any book title. If Gone Girl had been Gone To Kill the Girl, the novel might have won a Pulitzer. If The Goldfinch had been To Kill The Goldfinch, it might have won a Pulitzer AND the Nobel Prize.
If you’ve got a book and you’re not sure what to title it, just throw in the words “To Kill,” and you’re set. The only catch is that you can only use that trick once. If Harper Lee had titled her sequel/prequel To Kill a Watchman
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