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    Default What do you call multiple chapters together?

    What do you call a division of a story that is larger than a chapter, and indeed contains several chapters, but not the entire story? I've been thinking it may be called section, but I don't really like that word.

    EDIT: I've been thinking the word I'm looking for might be division.
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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    Are you referring to 'Arcs'?

    An 'Arc' is basically a section of the story composed of several chapters that tell a selected part of the story.

    Such as:

    Arc 1: Main Character started their journey. (5-8 Chapters)
    Arc 2: Journey is interrupted by the Villains. (5-7 Chapters)
    Arc 3: Hunting for the Admins. (10-13 Chapters)
    Arc 4: Long battle against the leader. (3-5 Chapters)
    Arc 5: Returning to journey. (10-15 Chapters)
    Arc 6: Return of villains and their defeat. (3-7 Chapters)
    Arc 7: Villains finally thwarted, Main character returns to journey, finishes his journey and becomes Champion. (10-18 Chapters)
    Arc 8: Main Character's life as a Champion. (10-13 Chapters)

    That's basically what 'Arcs' are; Chapters that share a single main plot line. Hope I helped.

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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    You might be thinking of "volume".

    Though arcs is another probable one, as Kyuujux said.

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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    Arcs and volumes are practically the same thing since they both collect chapters, however a volume doesn't collect a specific set of chapters like an arc would since a volume can even have two arcs in it.

    But yeah an arc is basically a compilation of chapters that deal with a certain story line or that center around a specific event.

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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    Some works (especially in fantasy) will refer to them as books, although books can also be split into volumes)
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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    Books, cycles, arcs, sagas, take your pick.

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    Default Re: What do you call multiple chapters together?

    As well as the ones mentioned above, the word Part can be used also.

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