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23 September 2010 @ 05:27 am
Methinks there be a bedtime story....  
Day 18 - Favorite beginning scene in a book

Hmm, this is a tough one. I don't really have a favorite, but rather a particular kind of beginning scene that definitely draws me into a book. It's hard to explain.

It's sort of like with books like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden or Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell where there's a certain kind of narration of description going on to grasp your attention to the story, to get you engaged if you will. Something either strange or interesting to pull you in, with Memoirs it's told in first-person like an autobiography -- similar styles to this would be of Foxfire by Joyce Carole Oates and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, both which are also favorites of mine -- so you're immediately drawn to the story, and it almost seems like there's something personal about how it's written that you have to continue going to understand fully, because it is written like an autobiography. With books like Nineteen Eight-Four there's a sense of description that I love, you get a sense about what the world is like, something is sort of off and it isn't until a little further into reading that you understand, through the narration, which is being said about this world that fully engages you.

Yeah, like I said it's hard to really place into words what I mean. But I think it's understandable? idk, lol.
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Xole: cameraxocoyol on September 23rd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love books that start like that. I like when they start with a quote by one of the characters and then is explained by another. Dune did this at the beginning of every chapter. It was kind of awesome.

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