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Books, Books, Books

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Discuss or debate the questions below. Remember to support your answers!

  • Does reading for pleasure have a place in the modern world, or has it simply become too time consuming a pastime in the hustle and bustle of today? Why do you think so?
  • Are some genres of fiction more noteworthy than others? Why/not?
  • If you could quit your job for six months and not worry about money, would you enjoy devoting most of that time to books? Why/not?
  • Will literature ever become an extinct and nonexistent art form? Why/not?

  • What is your favorite book? Can you provide a short summary to your classmates, as well as provide the reason for its appeal?
  • What is your favorite genre? Please explain your preference.
  • Who is your favorite author? What attracts your to his/her works?
  • What are the five best books ever written in the whole history of humankind? Why do you think so?
  • How often do you read novels? Do you wish that you could spend more time with them?
  • Why do most people read more and more infrequently nowadays? Is this a good or bad thing? Why do you think so?
  • Which fictional character from a book would you like to spend an afternoon with, assuming such an impossibility were possible? What would you do with him/her?
  • If it were possible, which novel would you like to inhabit? Would you want to live there or just visit? Why?

  • Have you ever thought about becoming a writer? Why/not?
  • Have you ever written a poem, short story, or novel? If yes, what was it about? How did it make you feel?
  • Are there any books that you have read again and again? Why/not?

  • Which do you like better, books or movies? Why?
  • Which of the following is a better vehicle for ideas and emotions? Is it novels, movies, or music? Why do you think so?
  • Everyone has a story to tell. What part of your life could possibly become a book or short story? Do you think it would become a best seller?
  • Which contemporary authors will likely be remembered in 100 years' time? Why do you think so? What makes the work of these authors so special compared to their peers?
  • Did you read a lot as a child? Do you (or would you) encourage your children to become extensive readers? Why?

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