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    How to call book parts

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Keyvee, Sep 26, 2011.

    I am currently wondering how to name the parts of the book. This is what I have done so far:

    - There are 3 books to be in a trilogy, so I called each book an episode (0, 1, 2,3)
    - Each book consists of 5 parts (independent?) each part is separated by 1-2 week break in plot, I called them "parts"
    - Each part lasts about 1-2 days in plot, and every break longer than 10 minutes ends a chapter.

    All in all, I have Book title Episode 1, Part 1- Subtitle

    The question is, do I use the names episode and parts in a correct way? I found someone using the word "volume", but I don't really know whether replace an episode or a part with this name (if necessary)
     
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    "Episode" makes me think of television. I've only ever heard of each book in a series being called a "volume".

    "Parts" works fine. A book I read a few weeks ago, Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase, was split into parts with each part containing several chapters.
     
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    I have only ever heard of series being labeled as "Part 1" or "Volume 1" or "The First Book in the blah blah blah Trilogy" etc.

    I completely agree with Yoshiko, episodes sounds like TV.


    Edit: To clarify, I would name each book in the trilogy with "Volume 1 of blah blah blah Trilogy" "Volume 2 of blah blah blah Trilogy" "Volume 3 of blah blah blah trilogy" and I would stick with Part 1 through whatever inside the book to keep it separated as you want it. Then in each "part" I would keep the chapter numbers as well.

    I hope this made sense.
     
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    Volume would be more suitable, but I have to wonder what is the point in all this? How is the book benefiting from such a system?
     
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    I'd go with "part". "Volume" sounds pretentious to me. And "episode", as has been said above, sounds televisual.

    And this sounds like a fairly gargantuan work.
     
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    You can also do it like: Book title, book 1, part 1 - subtitle. I agree that volume might sound a bit pretentious, and I always think it's more for encyclopaediae and anthologies and so.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, but he/she wants to have it separated as "parts" inside the actual book. Using it twice seems redundant to me.
     
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    All in All, many of you believe that "volume" is not suitable any more. I will go with :

    TITLE: Book 1- subtitle

    Thank You guys for feedback

    ---------- Post added at 11:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:39 AM ----------

    All books have the same characters and the plot timeline is 4 months, so I wanted to divide the whole project into separate units, each dealing with something else.
     

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