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Quotes at Each Chapter

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Interest in HF: I love history, but it's boring in school. Historical fiction brings it alive for me.
Preferred HF: Iron-Age Britain, Roman Britain, Medieval Britain
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Quotes at Each Chapter

Postby Rowan » Mon January 2nd, 2017, 2:38 pm

I don't think this phenomena is exclusive to any particular genre, but I'm currently juggling both HF and detective fiction at the moment. In the latter books, the author has chosen to insert a quote at the beginning of each chapter. That is, there's the chapter number, then the quote, then the continuation of the action of the plot. I'm trying to figure out if that serves a purpose. In the third of the books published so far, the quote is actually a line or two of lyrics from the band that was a favorite main character's mother. So I can kinda see a relation there. However, there seemed to be no relation between the quotes and the plot of the two previous books.

My question is: what purpose is there, if any, to using quotes in that manner?

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