Trending Thursday: Royals

Okay, just ONE more title trends post for today's Trending Thursday.  Recently one of my blog readers pointed out the "queen" trend in YA titles. So I have set up another contest -- one that pits one royal against another.

Of kings, princes, queens and princesses, who do you think rules the YA title contest? I had my suspicions too, but some of the results surprised me. (And of course, this is fairly unscientific as I get writer's cramp making my lists at some point. And I'm only including the first title in a series, because Meg Cabot has written enough royal titles to make my hand fall off...)

Here we go ... ladies first!


The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Onto the QUEENS...

Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
The Iron Queen by Julia Kagawa
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whelan Turner
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
The Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

How about the PRINCES?

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

And last but not least, the KINGS:

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Iron King by Julia Kagawa
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

So here are my overall observations: I thought these titles would only be used in fantasy and retellings, forgetting they are sometimes used ironically in contemporary titles. 

And I was not surprised that, at least in my unscientific count, the QUEENS rule!


  1. I thought all the Queen books were going to be high fantasy, but I was surprised to see it wasn't really the case. I totally forgot the final Ghost and Goth Girl book was even called that!! I love that series :)

  2. I knew that was a trend but I didn't realize just how many there were!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  3. Every week I look forward to your Trending Thursday posts! They're always so much fun to see!

  4. YAY FOR QUEENS!! *flings queenly confetti everywhere* It definitely is a trend going strong. XD I'm so glad you did this one! It was nice to see them all compared. :')

  5. not quite as many kings as there are queens. lol. I like most of the books under queens that I have read.

  6. I love these trend posts. I have noticed the royal trend, but when you put all the books together like that it's more than I expected!

  7. Ah, the fascination with the aristocracy! Never gets old, though...

  8. There are so many!! Most of the time I notice only the queens, but yeah, a lot of royals.
    Great post, Jen!

  9. There are so many!! Most of the time I notice only the queens, but yeah, a lot of royals.
    Great post, Jen!


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