I’ve been reading an abundance of YA novels lately and most every one contains a title for each chapter. I didn’t give it much thought until I started to write my own YA. So I looked through my collection of older young adult novels and realized it’s a trend.
Is this something I need to do with my own story? What’s the significance other than a way for authors to stay on task with the chapter’s goal? And why should I name chapters for my young adult novels but not the ones geared toward adults?
When I see a chapter title, I read it over and then promptly forget about it as I’m pulled back into the story. Truthfully I don’t even like them. I rarely read the back cover blurbs of books, too. I like to be totally surprised about what’s going to happen. Although I was listening to Breaking Dawn on audio book last week and laughed out loud a few times at the chapter titles for Book Two: Jacob. My favorite was for Chapter 10: “Why Didn’t I Just Walk Away? Oh Right, Because I’m An Idiot.”
Do you find chapter titles helpful when you write? Or read? Are there any names of chapters that you’ve found funny or memorable?