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Setting and Character
Today we have to blog about character and setting. These aspects of literature are super important. They help to develop the reader's attitude towards the whole book and while you may not consciously pay heed to them they are highly influencial to the story. There is a really big range of characters in the books we've read so far, from the depressingly sadistic Ivan in 'Out of Shadows' To the depressingly depressing Ferelith in 'White Crow'. Characters become particarly interesting, however, when we notice likenesses between ourselves and the subjects of the book in question. Most readers of a book develop a cliché 'hate' for the antagonist and a like of the opposite, but it is obvious that if there are no similarities between ourselves and the villian of the story, then we will quickly isolate them and begin to tire of the piece of writing. Setting is also highly important in terms of our understanding of the storyline. If the story is set in one completely blank white room without any features, the plot becomes completely ridiculous, often leading to the abandoning of the novel. Notwithstanding, if the author paints a vivid picture of the scene where the escapade is going on, then we can create visual links with the story, and it will lead us to a positive end.
Posted on: 09 Jun 2011

It's good to talk...
We can't decide on our favourite book. Nation made us think; Revolver thrilled us; Chains made us feel empathy; The Ask And The Answer drew on our insecurities; Fever Crumb made us want to jump into the future world; The Vanishing made us look beyond what we could see; Rowan the Strange gave us an understanding of mental illness, and The Graveyard Book allowed us into Neil Gaiman's twisted but fascinating imagination.
Posted on: 11 Jun 2010

Posted on: 11 Jun 2010