Ah, the tagline...how I love it. For those of you who don't know, a tagline is that little nugget on a book cover (or movie poster) that serves as a branding slogan, that memorable phrase that persuades you to buy the book (or purchase a ticket to the movie). The following are a few of the most famous cinematic taglines:
- "In space, no one can hear you scream." -Alien
- "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." Jaws 2
- "There can be only be one. -Highlander
- "One ring to rule them all." -The Lord of the Rings
- "The truth is out there." - The X-Files
It struck me, as I recently perused the vast array of titles at my favorite independent bookstore, that there's a game in here somewhere. A way, if you will, to combine two of my favorite things: taglines and haikus. And you're all invited to participate.
Just so we all understand the rules: a haiku is, according to the standard definition, "A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five."
For the sake of simplicity, feel free to combine book tag lines with film tag lines, if they seem to belong together. But make sure to attribute the tags to the appropriate sources.
I'll be composing my haiku with a nod to some of my favorite titles (I excerpted the first part of the tagline when necessary; feel free to do the same).
Have fun, I can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Past evil still lives.
Beauty is only sin deep.
Everything ends here.
(Respectively, Heather Graham, THE UNHOLY; Ken Bruen and Jason Starr, SLIDE; and Patrick Lee, DEEP SKY.)
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