nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Chapter titles in A Song of Ice and Fire

The chapters are titled after the character whose viewpoint is being followed, so you have the same chapter title showing up again and again in the course of thousands of pages. Lately (I think this is a recent development), we've been getting a few chapters named after a character's situation rather than the character.

I don't exactly find this disorienting, but it does make it harder to find particular events. I can't think of any other books which handle chapters this way, though I think I have some which simply don't have chapter titles.

I can see an advantage for the author-- Martin doesn't have to worry about whether a descriptive chapter title would be a spoiler, he doesn't have to give the characters distinct voices-- they have distinctive concerns, which isn't the same thing, and if a reader wants to follow one character's story, it's relatively easy.

Anyway, if you're reading the books, how do the chapter titles affect your reading experience? Has Martin written anything about why he made that decision long ago, or what he thinks of it now?

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