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Chapter Names, Yea or Nea?

When you're reading a book do you like when authors name their chapters, or would you prefer to have a simple "Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3" naming scheme? I've been going back and forth on it for awhile now and need some input.

Pros of Naming


On one hand, having named chapters in a book might make it easier for a reader to find a specific passage by using the chapter names to determine where in the story the passage took place and skim the chapter that makes the most sense that they would find what they are looking for it in. You want the chapter where the Hobbits, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, and Gimli form the Fellowship? Pretty sure it was during the chapter "The Council of Elrond" as that's whose council they attended.

Cons of Naming

On the other hand, chapter titles could possibly give the reader a clue as to what happens during the story and might spoil it just slightly. Remember when the artwork accompanying the chapter titled "The Man with Two Faces" in Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone gave you a good idea what was going to happen in that chapter and who the bad guy really was? Or in the Fourth Harry Potter book, if you read the chapter list before beginning to read you knew when Dumbledore said there were three champions, one for each school, that there were some shenanigans about to happen, because chapter seventeen was titled The Four Champions.

So what do you think, for or against naming chapters?

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