Cocky-er Than a Cocky Person Being Their Cocky-est. Pure Poppy-Cock!!

Image credit to  Nate Hoffelder  and JK Rowling (I’m hoping neither will sue me…)

Alright, don’t go getting all cocky on me… I know that my over use of the word ‘cocky’ in my heading might be a tad confusing to most of you. But it needed to be done. I have to get as many cocky’s out in as few words as possible in order to rub someone up the wrong way.

The person I want to irritate is the author of several romantic novels, Faleena Hopkins. Nope. Hadn’t heard of her either. Now, I’m not a nasty person. I’m not a vindictive person. I don’t like to bully anyone, or aggravate them for no reason. But this Faleena…. well, she cocky-well needs to be brought to task. Why…?

Ok, well since you’ve asked, she has only gone and trademarked the word (yes, the WORD) ‘cocky’ so that any author who has the word ‘cocky’ in a title of a book they’ve written now has to (HAS TO) change it to avoid being sued by her. (Read the full ridiculous story here.)

I’m going to let that settle in for a minute and let you think about it. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a cute wee puppy…. awwwww…..!!

Ok, so now you’ve had a chance to mull that over, I’m going to back up what you’re already thinking with a few tuppence-worths of my own. Who the cocky Hell does she think she is??? Trademarking a WORD that has been in existence in the English language since the mid-16th Century? What the cocky is next? Trademarking the word ‘the’?? Hey, well, I might just do that myself. Actually I won’t, because it’s a fucking ridiculous idea!!!

She says she’s afraid that her readers (apparently they exist) have been mistakenly buying other authors’ books instead of hers… Yeah, or maybe it’s just a case of sometimes people buy books that aren’t written by you, Faleena!!!


Do the decent thing and back down. We all know the expression ‘All publicity is good publicity’ but not in this case darling. You look like a twat. You are clearly a narcissist who needs a constant supply of ego-stroking, even if it’s yourself who’s doing it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue. Is she right? Why is she right? Do you agree with all other sane people and think that she is wrong? Again, please give me your reasons. Maybe someday she’ll read this post. In fact, I’m sure she will not only read it but also sue me for it, since I used the word cocky several times, which let’s face it, is apparently not mine to use….. Jesus wept….. Later peeps x


16 thoughts on “Cocky-er Than a Cocky Person Being Their Cocky-est. Pure Poppy-Cock!!

  1. Larmu189

    She is 100% wrong. Too many books have the same title. There are even two different books and two authors. She can’t imagine she can get away with this around the world? Great job Heidi. Love your post.

    1. Heidi J Darman Post author

      Thanks for your comment. She’s crazy for sure. I’m keeping an eye on proceedings, so I’ll be back with another blog-post soon. Watch this space! 🙂

  2. John

    Something is seriously wrong here. It’s not even as if anyone has copied her word for word and claimed it as their own. I am just trying to guess why she even thinks she’s right. This needs to be sorted out soon. But for the mean time let us watch the space….

    1. Heidi

      Absolutely John. But it’s all unravelling for her now. This will all be sorted out soon, and it won’t be to her liking 🙂

  3. Diana

    Okay so my question is how was she allowed to trademark the word in the first place? And how is it fair for authors before her that released novels before her meltdown over the word cocky.

    Personally, I’ve never even heard of this woman; let alone her work.

    Now that I know she’s hogging words, I’ll never check out her work. She’s like the whiny kid at the basketballs courts not sharing his ball because he got picked last.

    Be a team player you ass!

    Oh well. Let’s hope she doesn’t trademark “and”.

    1. Heidi J Darman Post author

      It’s almost laughable, isn’t it? I can only assume that whatever the body is that issues trademarks in the US had a lapse in judgement, or at least left a trainee in charge for an hour… because let’s face it, when this is shown up for the debacle that it is, they’re going to look pretty stupid themselves…. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  4. RC Holmberg

    I’ve read the books. All of them. I began reading her work on prior series. They are quite enjoyable. Shes not going to vindictively sue anyone who did not steal from her – and yes that has happened….Ridiculous books containing her exact characters have appeared NUMEROUS times. (That said, they do not appear to have been issued from the continental US – possibly Eastern Europe, IMHO)

    My understanding is that she simply wished to TRADEMARK (not copyright the single word) her own series, not just remove the word Cocky from the an English language…. Has any innocent person been threatened with a lawsuit by Ms Hopkins, as of yet ? No, and they won’t be.

    At first glance, it doesnt look like what it really is
    I wish people would consider that there are two sides to every story in life.

    1. Heidi J Darman Post author

      So to recap, you agree with what my post said, in that she has trademarked (I never said copyright) the word ‘Cocky’ and is warning other authors to remove the word from their book titles or she will take them to court? A word that has been in use since the mid 16th Century? I’m sorry, but whether her books are quite enjoyable or not, she has no right to trademark a common everyday word. Under no circumstances, on no level is that ok. And as far as whether other authors are ‘innocent’ or not, using an everyday word in a book title is not an offence. What’s next? Trademarking the word ‘The’……? Catch a grip.

      1. RC Holmberg

        I’m not trying to enter into an argument with you, because Im simply a third person. I argued with myself before I even approached you, but wanting to TRY to be a voice of reason and show the flip side of the coin prevailed….Have you spoken to Ms Hopkins directly? And you know firsthand that she’s demanding that the word be removed from everybody else’s vocabulary? I think not.

        It’s a fact that this series is highly popular, (for very good reasons) and it’s a fact that she felt the need to legally protect it, and for that she had very valid reason. That’s a bit more serious that the simple frivolity you are suggesting.

        It may no longer be a possibility that she can legally discuss this with you at this point, but it would have been nice to practice due diligence and get the facts straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Pretty much a basic rule of journalism.. ,.. I personally dont just believe everything I read.

        The coverage so far of her trademarking appears to be 50% informed, and designed for basic shock / entertainment value. I like to see a WHOLE story.

        1. Heidi J Darman Post author

          Back up a minute… you’ve twice claimed that I said she was trying to stop people generally from using the word cocky – I said no such thing. She HAS however, trademarked the word cocky (not Cocky Brothers or Cocky Series, JUST cocky) and she HAS contacted other authors (whether their book is part of a series or not) and TOLD them to change their titles or she will take them to court. This is all fact. Not 50%. 100%. She has also complained to Amazon and asked them to remove books from its site that have the word cocky in the title. Which they HAVE actually done, again, whether they are part of a series or not. What I DO now know, after having done EVEN MORE research, is that thankfully, Amazon have agreed not to remove any more books and to reinstate any books that they did remove, until this is resolved. Which will not be to Ms Hopkins satisfaction. Thank you very much for your contributions to this post, but I won’t be wasting any more time with this. It’s cut and dried as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Kashia

    As a beginning writer aspiring to become an author myself, I’m absolutely astonished that something like this can happen.

    Looking through the article by Nate Hoffelder that you linked to, I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt that maybe someone was stealing Hopkins’ work so she resorted to trademarking a title, but a common word? That’s overdoing it.

    Trademarking a word that’s been in use for years just seems wrong. Hopkins even replied to the article, saying she’s doing so because readers will confuse her book with another that has the same title.

    I’m sure people are smart enough to know when two books with the same title have different authors. If someone was stealing Hopkin’s entire series, maybe there’s some credit to what she’s doing. But that’s not the case and she just dug herself into a hole.

    1. Heidi

      Absolutely. She claims that she is protecting her ‘Cocky Series’ of books, yet even in her own website she sites it as ‘Cocky (TM) Series’, not ‘Cocky Series (TM)’. So it’s just that word. She also trademarked a stylised version of the word using a font that the font creators have said they never gave their permission for. So yes, it’s all going to come crashing down for The Hop. Sooner rather than later, I hope. Some things are just bad craic. Thank you for your comment 🙂 

  6. Dan

    I’m just baffled as to; How does anyone have the nerve to Trademark a word of the English language? While on that thought, which clueless pencil pusher approved the Trademark?

    Do author of books released before the trademark that use the work cocky have to pay royalties?

    It’s a world gone mad, and a case of money grabbing at its finest.

    1. Heidi

      No, she’s not asking for royalties. That might actually have been more humane of her (if indeed she turns out to be fully justified – which she won’t), but what she is actually doing is demanding that authors who have the word cocky in their title, change the title. 

      This might seem straightforward to her, and even quite a reasonable demand (again to her), but what are those authors supposed to actually do? Recall each and every printed copy of their work, reprint, and redistribute? Change Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, etc, etc, etc. As well as all the advertising bumph and freebies that had been printed up with the name of their book….. 

      She’s simply a narcissist, and you hit the nail on the head – she has some nerve. It will come back to bite her in the arse. And I can’t wait. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  7. Cheyenne

    This is ridiculous! That’s literally an English word in the English language, she can’t just claim it as her own!!! I’m thinking her sales went down so she’s looking for a reason to blame her declining sales on anything other than her own writing. How about people just buy books with ‘cocky’ in the title because they just want to buy a book that’s different to hers???

    I looked it up and apparently she has a series called the ‘Cocker Brothers’ (Odd last name by the way) so the different books have the word ‘cocky’ as a play on these brothers’ last names. A few I found were Cocky Roomie, Cocky Biker and Cocky Soldier. I don’t think that’s a good reason to claim the word at all. When I was a kid one of my favourite series was the ‘Just’ series, titled such because the books were called Just Annoying, Just Crazy, Just Shocking, etc. Did the author go and try to trademark the word ‘Just’? Of course not!

    By the way, your article was great. Very funny and a good read. 🙂

    1. Heidi

      Absolutely well said! That’s the thing – not one right-minded person would ever think this is an ok thing to do… 

      Synonyms for ‘cocky’…. 

      arrogant, conceited, overconfident, overweening, cocksure, smug, haughty, supercilious, disdainful, lofty, patronising, proud, vain, vainglorious, self-important, swollen-headed, egotistical, presumptuous, lordly, pompous, blustering, boastful, brash, self-assertive, opinionated, bold, forward, insolent…….

      it goes on…. Need I say more? Thanks for your comment 🙂


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