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- Chapter 99 of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality:
Ten days later, the first dead unicorn was found in the Forbidden Forest.
- A late chapter of Dave Barry's novel Lunatics consists of only one line from Horkman expressing his shocked, stunned disbelief. The opening line of the next chapter reveals it was because Peckerman threw up on Donald Trump while onstage at the Republican National Convention.
- Put together, chapters 10 and 11 of Through the Looking-Glass (in which Alice wakes and the Red Queen becomes a kitten) have only 57 words. They each have a picture, too.
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner:
- There's a chapter consisting entirely of the words "My mother is a fish."
- It Makes Sense In Context... if you've been able to follow the incredibly confusing existential philosophy-speak up to that point.
- Similarly, there's a later chapter consisting of Cash's two-line winding thought that the coffin wasn't balanced properly, ending as suddenly as it begins as he realizes no one is "listening" to him.
- There's a chapter consisting entirely of the words "My mother is a fish."
- In the Twilight novel New Moon, when Edward and family leave Bella, there are several chapters where Bella says only "Nothing happens," to effectively convey her deep depression.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Played for Laughs in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. After the protagonists decide on a trip to Los Angeles, a chapter consists entirely of an airport announcement noting that Flight 121 is about to depart for Los Angeles, "so if your travel plans today do not include Los Angeles, now would be the perfect time to disembark."
- An early chapter in Life, the Universe and Everything consists of a short Guide note commenting on Galactic history and the inanity of civilizations. It was removed from the American edition.
- The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror by Daniel Pinkwater includes many short chapters, the shortest of which consists of the three words "Anything is possible."
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School: "There is no Miss Zarves. There is no nineteenth story. Sorry."
- Lolita has one in which Humbert asks his printer to fill up the entire page with "Lolita." He does not.
- In the ninth chapter of John Dies at the End, the narrator Dave is trying to figure out what he did in the forgotten half hour between getting home from work and realizing he's standing in his living room holding his handgun with one bullet gone. He eventually realizes he locked something in his toolshed in the backyard, and after careful deliberation, decides not to investigate. The entire tenth chapter is as follows: "Looking back, if I had gone in and seen what was in the toolshed, I would have put a bullet in my own skull one minute later."
- In Tamora Pierce's Provost's Dog series, this crops up on two occasions. On one, our protagonist/journal-keeper has been awake far too long and can't stay up long enough to write down everything in her journal. In another, she's just drunk.
- The Captain Underpants series takes this to an extreme and turns in into a Running Gag: every book has a chapter called, "To Make a Long Story Short". Every book has what might normally be a long sequence condensed into three words, maximum. For example, the first book has a chapter that ends with the villain's hideout exploding. The next chapter consists solely of, "They got away."
- Tristram Shandy has a few. For example, chapter five of the fourth volume is:
Is this a fit time, said my father to himself, to talk of PENSIONS and GRENADIERS?
- Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. There's a chapter entitled "Who Created The Tone?" That ends with George W. Bush talking about how his election to the presidency would "change the tone in Washington". The following chapter is entitled, "Did the Tone Change?" It consists of one word: "No."
- The first chapter in Joe Hill's "Horns". In general, Joe Hill seems to be a fan of this trope.
- The very last chapter of Angela's Ashes is only one word: Tis.
- Wilkie Collins' "The Narrative of the Tombstone" in The Woman in White.
- Happens occasionally in The Pale King. Chapter 17 is little more than half a page long.
- An example where the chapter title is actually longer than the chapter: A recurring joke in The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift In The Equatorial Pacific had been the author's struggle with writers block. Chapter 16 is entitled "In which the Author goes deep inside the mind of the Novelist and expounds - for the benefit of future generations - on what it takes to produce Literature, the noblest Art to which many are called and few chosen." After this, the page is entirely blank until the lower right hand corner, which says "Moving on..."
- The first Machine of Death anthology includes a one-sentence short story: "HIV Infection From Machine of Death Needle." - "Well," I thought, "that sucks."
- Stephen King's Misery contains a number of these, but near the end there is a chapter consisting of one word: Rinse.
- The book Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict by Andy Griffiths has a chapter titled "Nothing". The contents are as follows: "Nothing..."
- Jack Douglas' comic novel(?) My Brother Was An Only Child is littered with these.
- Life of Pi has a few chapters with only one or two sentences in them. In fact, part two of the book has all of its chapters in an odd order so each chapter can focus on a different object or event in the story.
- One chapter of the novelization of the movie Gremlins consists of two words: "Pete forgot."
- Machado de Assis' The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, also as Epitaph for a Small Winner, has a few. Some force the definition of "paragraph".
- The entire first chapter of Savages is "Fuck you."
- The Name of the Wind has the chapter Flame and Thunder, which is about half a page long. It's used to emphasize an important moment of the narrator's life, and is justified, given the Framing Device.
- In Crooked Little Vein, an early chapter is a mere two sentences long.
An hour later, I walked into some freak bar on Bleeker Street and yelled, "I'm buying a hundred drinks - for me!"Oh, they beat the shit out of me.
- Un Lun Dun, by China Miéville, contains a chapter whose title, "The Powerful Resurgence of the Everyday", is longer than its content: "Of course she was wrong."
- The Wandering by Roger Elwood. One chapter consists of just two sentences, simply ending with "Graita died".
- Ra: "Death Surrounds This Machine", which takes place in the middle of a fight between two highly super-powered individuals, and consists entirely of a description of one of the participant's (numerous) deaths.
- Worm: Interlude 27b, Scion to Eidolon, the entirety of chapter: You needed worthy opponents.
- Psalm 117 in The Bible is extremely short and only a few sentences long. This is especially highlighted since it's quite close to the incredibly long Psalm 119.
- One chapter in Something Wicked This Way Comes says simply, "Nothing much happened for the rest of the night." This comes right after the main characters have had a harrowing encounter with the Tarot Witch and right before Miss Foley falls into the carnival's trap, making it a Breather Episode of sorts.
- In Zero Punctuation's Top 5 Games of 2015, Yahtzee began by reminding his viewers that, as per usual, he would only include video games he'd actually reviewed. However, he had not reviewed Undertale, which was an extremely popular game, so before listing his Top games, he made a "review" of Undertale, where he said "Undertale is a good game". Roll Credits.
- Concerned had a one-comic chapter that was aptly named "No Prospekts", where Gordon Frohman went to apply for a job at Nova Prospekt. He was turned away immediately.