Craig TarreThank God I was able to instill the joy of reading in my son. He is all the richer for it.
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Barry LoughYes characterization is key, but I've found whether I'm reading or watching a play/movie I also have to care about at least one character. So they can be brilliantly portrayed but for me that must include being able to care about what's happening to or with them.
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Patrick TrimbleI think that art ultimately challenges us to think & feel in a new way. It takes us to a,different place, but we must fully interact with that world. Kafka can write about a man turning into a cockroach but unless we have a shared feeling or a thematic sense of purpose, it will not be art. Kafka is. But reading for escapism is both fun & formula driven. It seldom challenges us, the feeling of superiority comes not from understanding but recognizing the formula & feeling good about ourselves. It is not as complex nor as challenging & therefore pretty easy to forget. Nothing in J.J.R.Martin's work really haunts us or makes us think about our real personal lives. The characters have some interest but they are not lifelike or real. Gatsby is a man destroyed by his own false illusions. Like the characters in Martin, he also is killed by outside forces, but his real death comes waiting for a phone from Daisy Buchanan that will never come. Ned Stark is a victim of circumstance & dies a noble death. Gatsby's death means nothing except what the reader can gleam from the story. There is nothing wrong with reading any book, but art is not about popularity but insight into the true human condition. As a former literature teacher (can't you tell?), I always recommend diversity in what anyone choices to read. The more we challenge ourselves, the better readers & thinkers we become. That is what literacy is all about.
Teresa MyersOne of the first challenges that was taught by Ms. ZIMMERMAN high school English Lit. teacher was to challenge myself by finishing a story that she created. Diversity i believe. You will eventually find your nitch. Of course as my daughter's will tell you i am "older than dirt " and brought up using a maual brother typewriter so what do i know? Lol