Did the author overuse emboldened subtitles in chapters?

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cecemi_ wrote:
25 Jun 2019, 08:22
Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
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cecemi_ wrote:
25 Jun 2019, 05:23
It didn’t bother me much, but there were times when they were used unnecessarily, so I can understand why they would bother people in those instances.
It was used in every single chapter, your saying you are okay with that?
Not that I was okay with it, but it didn’t bother me as much as it could’ve. :)
That's a different point of view from where stand, but I am greatful for it all the same.

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Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
22 Jun 2019, 16:31
You giggled when you saw it? Weren't you put off by the school-like insinuation of spoiling the chapter for every reader?
Even though it made me giggle, I admit that it did spoil things a bit for me and I couldn't take it very seriously after. You're right about that. It did seem a bit childish, though a warning nonetheless. We consider this book as adult fiction, right? Now that I think about it, if adults are the targeted audience, I'm sure we grown folks can handle a bit of intercourse? Lol, if this was a YA or general audience book I could understand the need to warn about sex... :|
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Sinclairess wrote:
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Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
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You giggled when you saw it? Weren't you put off by the school-like insinuation of spoiling the chapter for every reader?
Even though it made me giggle, I admit that it did spoil things a bit for me and I couldn't take it very seriously after. You're right about that. It did seem a bit childish, though a warning nonetheless. We consider this book as adult fiction, right? Now that I think about it, if adults are the targeted audience, I'm sure we grown folks can handle a bit of intercourse? Lol, if this was a YA or general audience book I could understand the need to warn about sex... :|
Thanks for the perfectly worded response. Adult fiction does not require for warned sex scenes.

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I never focused on the emboldened subtitles in the chapters that much. They never really meant anything other than stresses on major happenings in the novel.

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I never focused on the emboldened subtitles in the chapters that much. They never really meant anything other than stresses on major happenings in the novel.
But they were major spoilers in the beginning of the chapter, or a specific direction the author tried to force the reader ro pay attention to.

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Lucas Kalinic wrote:
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I never focused on the emboldened subtitles in the chapters that much. They never really meant anything other than stresses on major happenings in the novel.
But they were major spoilers in the beginning of the chapter, or a specific direction the author tried to force the reader to pay attention to.

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Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
26 Jun 2019, 13:19
Lucas Kalinic wrote:
26 Jun 2019, 11:51
I never focused on the emboldened subtitles in the chapters that much. They never really meant anything other than stresses on major happenings in the novel.
But they were major spoilers in the beginning of the chapter, or a specific direction the author tried to force the reader to pay attention to.
They definitely felt like the author was trying to get you to a certain place too obviously.
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I thought it was just me! But yes she did overuse the subtitles The "Rated R" warning was way too much. It came across as childish too me

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I thought it was just me! But yes she did overuse the subtitles The "Rated R" warning was way too much. It came across as childish too me
It did. If the book is meant for adults then the author should trust her audience to be able to handle adult content.
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It did not bother me, but they did interrupt the flow of the book. If it were up to me, the book would be better without them.

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I didn't pay that much attention, I found the book easy to follow.

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s_writing wrote:
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I thought it was just me! But yes she did overuse the subtitles The "Rated R" warning was way too much. It came across as childish too me
This are my sentiments as well. I saw this as childish and somewhat disrespectful to readers and their age.

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It does seem to break the flow of reading and might even pull you out of the flow of the story. It is highly subjective, but it would definitely bother me. Honestly, to me it also seems a little unprofessional and almost reminds me of author's notes in Wattpad.
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29 Jun 2019, 03:07
It does seem to break the flow of reading and might even pull you out of the flow of the story. It is highly subjective, but it would definitely bother me. Honestly, to me it also seems a little unprofessional and almost reminds me of author's notes in Wattpad.
Exactly, Watpad. That's what it reminds me of. For me, I saw them as the unprofessional nudge in the direction the author wanted you to face in any chapter.

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To be honest, when I saw the "this section is R rated" and then "the end of R rated", I was like "what?!" I have never ever in my entire reading life seen this in any book, no matter how much R rated the content was... To be honest, it felt a bit like I was reading the retelling of 50ties tv spy romance.

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