Posts Tagged ‘chapter lengths’

Fast read, immersive read

Gone girl

Snappy chapters and still a deep read.

What’s the best kind of chapter? I’d like some feedback.

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the virtue of short chapters. It struck me at first as a pretty superficial discussion.

I just finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn and thought the (generally) short chapters worked beautifully, and this was not a superficial read. I’m also reading a literary horror novel with very long chapters. Despite my preference for nice, meaty chapters and despite the amazing writing, it’s trying my patience. The author seems to be indulging himself.

I know there’s no golden-clad answer here. Nonetheless, I’m wondering if I’m behind the times. Read More…