Thursday, February 4, 2010
Bookish Pet Peeve #2: White Space
I've come up with my second Bookish Pet Peeve. It's related to the way that books manage the space between chapters. This is what I like -- a chapter ends on one page and the next chapter begins on the following page, whether it be on the left or right hand side of the book.
What I don't like is either
a) when they finish a chapter on the right hand page but then insist on starting the next chapter on the right, leaving an entire white page in between ...
b) when they don't leave any space at all and begin the new chapter on the same page with just a tiny gap between them.
Neither of these situations are satisfying to me as a reader. One makes me feel like they are b.s.ing and trying to make the book seem longer than it really is and the other makes me feel like the book is one never-ending blob of text. I like enough space to take a breath but not enough to write another few paragraphs into the story.
Is this something you have thought about? Do you have an opinion on white space between chapters?
Sweating the small things,