Monday, January 02, 2023

Q&A with Priyanka Taslim

From my Q&A with Priyanka Taslim, author of The Love Match:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

For the longest time, early versions of The Love Match were called Rearranged, because it’s a book that explores and subverts the arranged marriage trope. I think that title might have been a bit on the nose, and since the book has a love triangle, might have felt a little flat? I’m actually not the best at coming up with titles, so my publishing team and I deliberated for a while about what to change it to, and ultimately settled on The Love Match.

A “love match” is a very common phrase in South Asian and Muslim culture. Anyone from those backgrounds who hears the term immediately knows that it refers to a couple who married because they met and fell in love, rather than having an arranged relationship. Love matches are more and more common these days, but what I love about the current title is that it requires a little more thinking. Hopefully, as readers delve into the story, they wonder who is truly Zahra’s love match and maybe...[read on]
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My Book, The Movie: The Love Match.

Q&A with Priyanka Taslim.

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