A four panel leather screen, painted in the Chinese taste,
English or Dutch, c. 1750.
(reminds me of Escher.)
Chapter titles in fiction used to be standard.
They conformed to two basic types: enigmatic mini-titles such as The Pit of Doom, or table-of-contents/ synopsis style: Where I Meet the Dragon Lady, Suffer a Reverse and Fall into Despair.
I have the feeling chapter titles began to gradually disappear from the frontis of adult fiction about fifty years ago.
Possibly because novels were no longer as extensively serialized as in past decades. Possibly because of WW2 paper shortages. Possibly because the traditional introduction was considered un-sheik and un-sleek.
Possibly all of the above and more.
I have noticed the introduction of a lot of extra material - besides the internal blurb pages and acknowledgements - which may indicate a supplemental trend in the novel format these days: messages from the author, suggestions for book club discussion, etc.
And I wonder in my idle way if the style of chapter titles will also make a come-back.
How do you feel about chapter titles?
And do you use them yourself?
J.H. Bogran - whose next novel Love me Two Times - a psychological thriller - is just out from Red Rose Publishing , generously pimped Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories on his blog. Thank you, Jose.
Groaner Q& A:
For inspirational writers...
Q: How do you get holy water?
A: You boil the hell out of it.