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This week's question is:
What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?
I need an explosive start to a book usually to get me hooked right away and characters that draw me straight in. If it takes a couple of chapters to get going, I'm usually put off and that can affect my opinion of the rest of the book. Things that can make me stop reading: dull characters, a plot that's too predictable, annoying writing habits like having to describe the exact appearance of every character every time they appear or too much recapping of what's already happened.
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This week's question is:
ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.
Hmm, the hard part of this question it the who is it part lol. I'm going to go with Gary Oldman/Sirius Black because both character and actor is full of awesome. My reaction? Well, initially I assumed I'd be all fangirly and not be able to talk and just make a complete idiot of myself. However, the couple of times I've met celebrities I've really liked, I've managed to act quite normal - even if my head voice is going 'omg omg omg' repeatedly. So yeah, I'm going to say I'd be able to hold myself together and just be like "Hi. You're an amazing actor, blah blah" and then maybe have a chat about something random lol
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