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    How is everyone? I'm new here.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ramlatus, Dec 27, 2009.

    Hello everyone. I'm new here and hope to enjoy my time here. I of course like to read, but I have rarely in my life had people to talk to about the books I read. In recent years I have found it harder and harder to even find people that like to read. Most of the time I meet people that think that spending the time to read a book is insulting, or the activity of retarded people. This of course doesn't make sense as reading increases your knowledge and ways of thinking. I end up feeling sad for them as they don't know what they are missing and sad for the world of literature because each day it gets closer to extinction.

    Do any of you feel this way at times?
     
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    Hi there, I'm new here too.

    I find I can't talk to most people about books because most people I know, even if they like to read, aren't interested in 'literature' per se. I can be a bit of an intellectual snob in matters like this, and many of my bookworm friends love Twilight and Harry Potter, but think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is crap and boring. I say, but, what about the awesome metaphors? But they aren't interested. :(
     
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    Hello Ramiatus, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    I honestly don't waste much time thinking of those people. They are happy enough in their own right, so I don't feel a need to "fix" them. It would not be a good enough life for me, but that is me.

    Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

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    welcome.
     
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    Ramlatus,

    I'm an English teacher, so yes, I do find many individuals who don't think reading is a good time investment. But I can say that in the last two or three years, I've seen an uptick in the number of my students who read more than the works they are assigned.

    Welcome to the forum

    Terry
     
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    Greetings earthling. I am glad you love to write and are spreading the love. I hope you enjoy your time here. Come back soon. ;)

    Edit: What is your favorite animal?
     

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