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Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by moxide, Dec 6, 2016.

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  1. Zoidbee

    Zoidbee Active Member

    Harry Potter
     
  2. geoPaleRobinEggBlue893

    geoPaleRobinEggBlue893 Active Member

    Always found the first few chapters near impossible to read. Rowling takes her time setting up. But i can't argue with its success, and I'll write that off to my own impatience.
     
  3. rode_leeuw

    rode_leeuw Active Member


    Jeah it's nice i had all the books seperate. And the collectors book. Sold them a year ago though, it's more of a teenager series I think.
     
  4. geoPaleRobinEggBlue893

    geoPaleRobinEggBlue893 Active Member

    19 is still teen yes? XD
    But yes it's meant for younger audiences for sure. That being said, it was still fun rereading the series.
     
  5. Ownrage

    Ownrage Member

    I've read LOTR and the Inheritance Cycle. Kinda ripped of LOTR, but still a great story imo
     
  6. H4rdg3ar

    H4rdg3ar Member

    I love reading fantasy books. Recently I started to make better use of time when I used to do nothing. I began to read books in bus or while waiting for some classes in university. So basically I have as much free time as before but I read books :) I highly recommend this method. My last series that I have completed was Game of Throne. Currently I am reading Witcher Saga.
     
  7. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Well written PTSinger! Here's where our opinions diverge. What you described as an advantage is exactly what I consider to be a disadvantage. I don't want anything left up to my own imagination - I want that extra information given to me. I want to know exactly what the author intended. Now, if the show/movie/whatever isn't faithful to the author's work then that's another story. I understand there are tons of problems with that. But when the writer/artist is tied closely to the development of say, a video game, I think they have a more powerful way to express their creativity. That's just for me though. I understand how some people see the imagination of the reader as an advantage.
    This is a very good point Huz. However, you clearly weren't at PAX Prime this year!
    The Nosulus Rift would like to have a word with you.
    Moxide...our eyes are our window to the world. There is nothing unnatural about the concept of seeing things...so I simply disagree.

    Think back to pre-written-language humans - they would rely on sights and sounds to understand their world.

    And for the record, I have found books I enjoy! I've read a fair share of books. Hard to make it through grad school without that happening. I'd just rather watch a good movie or documentary instead of reading.

    Anyways guys my post was meant to be fun & light-hearted. I'm not here to argue about the obsolescence of books lol. Text obviously has advantages, such as being able to convey information very precisely.

    My main point though is that there are richer ways to experience an author's work than text. I'm not saying visuals are the be-all end-all of media (sorry I was a bit unclear about that). If I were to continue my train of thought from earlier - I would rather play a game than watch a movie. I would rather play in VR than a flatscreen.

    For me, reading is exhausting (again, probably because it's unnatural). Maybe that's just me, but I think there's a reason why the majority of kids go to games or YouTube instead of a book. It's just a more rich, engaging, enjoyable, and perhaps natural experience (for me).|

    Don't mind me. I just wanted to drop my 10¢.

    I still hate books though 028.gif
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016
  8. rode_leeuw

    rode_leeuw Active Member

    Jeah but the first 8 will be pretty boring I think, except for 7 that one was awsome.
     
  9. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master VANGUARD

    Maybe my issue is that I have yet to come across a TV / movie adaptation of a book I've read that has even come close to what I imagine.

    And voices. 9 times out of 10, voices are way better in my head . . . um, that's not what it looks like. ;)
     
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  10. urMOMdotCOM

    urMOMdotCOM Member

    I think that's because it's near impossible to find an actor in real life that looks exactly like what it is in a book. It's never possible to get someone who would look exactly like your description. Also, a lot of stuff would like really bad when put in after the shooting so it could be that too.
     
  11. rode_leeuw

    rode_leeuw Active Member

    waaching series is just so much easier, and you can do other stuff at the same time. Don't need to use imagination anymore :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
  12. ConAss

    ConAss New Member

    Recommendations:

    Dark Tower Series (Stephen King) - Easy reading, you can plough through these books. Multiple dimensions, interesting characters with a strong lead. Fantasy meets sci-fi, meets period.

    Anything by Philip K Dick- If you like sci fi, or are a fan of the best sci fi films, why not check out their source material, he even has volumes of short sci fi stories if you don't read often and wont to dip into a mind bending, drug fueled world.

    Ready Player One - Entertaining book with an interesting plot, not the best written book and don't bother with the authors second writing attempt. A boy escapes his life of poverty in a dysatopion future into the virtual world were most people live their lives, and becomes obsessed with a hidden game made by the virtual worlds creator. Anyone who likes video games/movies, particularly of the 80's will love this.

    Ender's Game (series)- In my opinion one of the greatest book series ever written, deal with high concept sci-fi ideas on a very human level. I can not recommend these enough.

    Stuck to video games, sci-fi, and fantasy for these(predicting my audience ha). But what genre do you want recommendations for?
     
  13. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master VANGUARD

    When I was younger, I read pretty much everything by Piers Anthony. I've read his Apprentice Adept series and his Incarnations of Immortality series several times over.

    More recently, all of Robin Hobbs's books have given me a lot of enjoyment.

    Welcome to Insider, @ConAss!
     
  14. Fuzzybeard

    Fuzzybeard Active Member

    History, political, and now mainly war-hammer novels.
     
  15. urMOMdotCOM

    urMOMdotCOM Member

    I actually read this too! I thought the writing was a-ok, and even though I wasn't born in the 80s I still liked it. The book was waaay fast paced though, that's my one peeve about it.
     
  16. geoPaleRobinEggBlue893

    geoPaleRobinEggBlue893 Active Member

    Has anyone read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain?
    Next on my list, seems pretty interesting.
     
  17. Razer.WolfPack

    Razer.WolfPack Retired

    I'll be getting that as well as "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" this Christmas so if you can wait till then i'll let you know!

    Also, I can't help but bury my head into Dungeons and Dragons source books for my ongoing campaign with friends :D
     
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  18. DaanBlankie

    DaanBlankie Active Member

    Illidan from the WoW series
     
  19. H4rdg3ar

    H4rdg3ar Member

    I personally think "Warcraft: Durotan" is better
     
  20. geoPaleRobinEggBlue893

    geoPaleRobinEggBlue893 Active Member

    Yes pls let me know. I can get the book but I doubt I'll have any time to read it before Christmas. XD
     
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