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Cool Chapter Titles

Postby derick » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:21 pm UTC

I've seen plenty of discussions about clever book titles and covers, as well as the substance of the book (pft). So let's take our lense to the middle and discuss the neglected subject of cool chapter titles. What are some of your favorites?

I like ones that combine puns and rhetoric that actually aid an eloquent description of the subject. One of my favorites is (in The Rebel Sell, a book about counterculture being shallow): "I Hate Myself And Want To Buy." Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand also has some clever chapter titles, such as "The Top And The Bottom," which starts with depraved men discussing the politics of the world at in a bar at the top of a skyscraper, and ends with a genius discussing the decay of the world in an underground cafeteria.

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Re: Cool Chapter Titles

Postby cathrl » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

I don't normally take a great deal of notice of chapter titles, but I do like the chapter numbering in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". Only prime numbers.

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Re: Cool Chapter Titles

Postby eightysevendegrees » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:49 am UTC

I don't normally pay much attention to chapter titles, but in two of the Discworld books, Going Postal and Making Money, there are little descriptions of each chapter at the start. These are usually such bizarre-sounding clues like "no unkindness to bears." You read them at the start of the chapter and just go, "Huh?" But then you reach the appopriate point and it's like a lightbulb clicking on as you get what it means.

I think that's fun.

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Re: Cool Chapter Titles

Postby keozen » Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

I'd be tempted to give my chapters names (like Geoff and Lucia)

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Re: Cool Chapter Titles

Postby lu6cifer » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:10 pm UTC

keozen wrote:I'd be tempted to give my chapters names (like Geoff and Lucia)

Reminds me of Catch-22, in which nearly every chapter title was the name of a new character.
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Re: Cool Chapter Titles

Postby steewi » Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:42 am UTC

Comic fantasy seems to specialise in witty chapter titles. One of the best ones was a trope-breaker comic fantasy novel called Go Quest, Young Man by K B Bogen. Each chapter had a punny title and an alternative title, both of which referenced the goings on in the chapter.

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