IT v. THE WORLD: Emily Keyes talks two different titles in YA

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The New York Times best-selling title This Is Where It Ends by debut author Marieke Nijkamp came out on January 5, 2016. But in March, a similarly-titled young adult contemporary title hit shelves: This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang, the author of 2014’s critically-acclaimed Falling Into Place.

There is no shortage of books with the same title. This Flavorwire article from 2013 gives a good run-down. That’s because it’s not possible to copyright a title, just the text of the work itself. (Trademark is a different story that I’m not going to get into here.)

Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends is the story of a school shooting.

“A brief description of the book in my own words is surprisingly hard, because I adapted the tagline into my pitch almost as soon as I saw it,” said Nijkamp with a wink.

This Is Where It Ends takes place over the course of 54 minutes and follows four teens who all have a reason to fear the boy with the gun. You can recognize it by its stunning cover of breaking chalk that appears to have been shot.

Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends is “a book about friendship. A lot of other things, too—being burnt out from school and stressed about the future and keeping up appearances—but I think that it all comes back to friendship, and the different forms of it. It’s a book about toxic friendships and complacent ones and convenient ones and true, wholesome ones.” Her cover is blue with feathers in a similar style to her first book Falling Into Place.

Publishers often change titles in the publication process. Nijkamp said her book was originally called “We Are Opportunity.”

Zhang’s book only had one title but she likes to remind me that I called it “Revenge of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”

To avoid confusion among readers of YA Interrobang, we’re providing a quick guide to the difference between the two books. Though they are both well-received, I personally recommend you get both!

this is where it ends marieke nijkamp this is where the world ends amy zhang
YA Contemporary
Multiple POVs
School Shooting X
Memory Loss X
Queer Girls X
Queer Boy X
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Emily Keyes

Emily lives in New York City. She decided she wanted to work in book publishing once she learned authors weren’t all fake people like Carolyn Keene, but she is still trying to think up her fake author name. You can follow her on Tumblr.

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