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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 8:16 pm

Howdy. I'm an Okie who will be transplanting myself to Texas in a couple of weeks. I'm so happy to find this forum. I am currently working on a novel and a short story. Both fall into the "literary fiction" genre, which is what I prefer to read, although sometimes I take a time out to read an occasional horror novel or chick lit book. I look forward to the discussions to come.
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Postby Mlou » Mon May 30, 2005 8:19 pm

Welcome, bfsooner (Rebecca)...Always happy to greet new members. Hope you take time to investigate all the threads...the challenges, books of the month, and so on. Something for everyone. Have fun! Post often. :D
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Postby mslover » Mon May 30, 2005 8:35 pm

Always nice to see a new 'face' at WT. Have fun with it! (we sure do) :D

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Postby Anblick » Mon May 30, 2005 8:54 pm

Welcome! Tell us more about yourself! What age 'decade' do you fall into, what other hobbies do you have, etc?
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Postby xcheck24 » Mon May 30, 2005 8:58 pm

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Postby Ben Stewart » Mon May 30, 2005 9:13 pm

Welcome bfsooner! I'm sure you'll enjoy WT. Tell me, what is a chick lit book? Never heard it before, but I live a sheltered life!
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 9:15 pm

Ok, I'm between my mid-twenties and my late-twenties. My hobbies vary depending on the season, in the spring I like to plant plants and flowers, in the summer I like to fish, camp, swim, in the fall I'm dedicated to college football, and in the winter I just don't know what to do with myself and I usually just do extra reading and writing; and of course, writing and reading are constants through the year. I don't watch too much television, but sadly I'm addicted to "Desperate Housewives." I really don't regularly watch any other shows. I love to read different genres and writers. My favorite author is Daphne duMaurier, but there is a big tie for second favorite, such as David Guterson, Anita Shreve, Dean Koontz, Jane Austen, George Eliot, and the list could go on. I also love music. Being the loyal Okie that I am, I love Toby Keith, Reba, Garth, and etc, but I also LOVE Guns 'n Roses, Black Eyed Peas, Scissor Sisters, and so many other artists that the only thing they have in common is that they are in my CD collection. Basically, I don't like pigeon-holing myself into any one group. I'm just all over the place...and heck, it's a lot of fun.
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Postby Mlou » Mon May 30, 2005 9:17 pm

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I love Dean Koontz, especially his newest several books..
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 9:20 pm

Examples of chick lit are the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, the sex and the City series by Candance Bushnell, and Bridget Jones' diary. It is a genre that is fairly new, and great reads for women wanting sort of goofy characters and not wanting serious passion that is prevalent in romance books. They are usually good for a laugh.
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 9:23 pm

Mlou, I was actually named after that book; however, my favority duMaurier book is Jamaica Inn. One of the most psychologically frightening books I have ever read.
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Postby Ben Stewart » Mon May 30, 2005 9:25 pm

So in the fall you're dedicated to college football? You must be a rabid fan, because not too many mid-to-late twenty-something women play college football.
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Postby Anblick » Mon May 30, 2005 9:26 pm

bfsooner wrote:Mlou, I was actually named after that book; however, my favority duMaurier book is Jamaica Inn. One of the most psychologically frightening books I have ever read.


Did that by any chance become a Hitchcock movie? I know he did one by that name...
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 9:30 pm

I am a rabid football fan, and have been since I was about five years old. That sometimes happens in Oklahoma. Football is like another religion, and then my alma mater happens to be pretty good (although we seem to have some problems with the "big game"). I get kind of depressed after January 4, and there's no more college football.
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 9:31 pm

I do believe that "Jamaica Inn" was made into a movie. I do know that Hitchcock directed the movie version of "Rebecca." In fact, it was his only Oscar. It is a great movie, if you've never seen it. There are some classic cinematagraphy scenes in that movie.
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Postby Anblick » Mon May 30, 2005 9:51 pm

Yes, Rebecca is a good one. I'll have to check and see if Jamaica Inn from Hitchcock was from this book...
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Postby Anblick » Mon May 30, 2005 10:01 pm

Looks like the Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn IS du Maurier...
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Postby JillStar » Mon May 30, 2005 10:02 pm

Welcome to Wordtrip Rebecca... we're glad to have you here!
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Postby bfsooner » Mon May 30, 2005 10:10 pm

Anblick, that is awesome. I think Hitchcock might've loved du Maurier as much as I do. I believe I remember my mother telling me that "The Birds" is based off of a du Maurier story as well. I will have to find "Jamaica Inn" to go with in my movie collection. My husband actually went to Jamaica Inn on a trip he took to Great Britain after he graduated from high school. I would love to go sometime, and to see the Cornwall that so inspired du Maurier.
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Postby Anblick » Mon May 30, 2005 10:15 pm

Cornwall is cool. Also has Tintagel, which is suppossedly the birthplace of King Arthur (I was fortunate enough to live in England for 18 months!)
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Postby LostCoastArtist » Mon May 30, 2005 10:26 pm

Hey. Welcome to the site. :D
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Postby Bess » Mon May 30, 2005 11:09 pm

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Postby pengwenn » Tue May 31, 2005 12:07 am

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Postby Hyker » Tue May 31, 2005 3:52 am

Welcome to WT!

Now I have to pose a question...What do people see in Dean Koontz? I was just talking to Kal abouth this same topic and by coincidence Koontz is mentioned in this thread a couple times. I've read his books and think his writing style is amateurish and his plots lack imagination. I'm sorry if I offend any Koontz fans, but my question is legitimate. There are many well published authors that sell TONS of books, but their writing stinks. So what is the draw?

I guess I'm frustrated that I see so many talented writers who are strugglling and then read novel after novel from authors who, well, stink. :?

To be fair, I just bought his novel "The Taking". Maybe I will eventually see what everyone else sees, but for now it escapes me.
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Postby bfsooner » Tue May 31, 2005 5:38 am

Hyker, I do agree that Koontz doesn't have the best writing style out there, in my opinion, it has really diminished recently. I pick Koontz (and other prolific authors of genre fiction) when I want a quick read and don't want to be pondering any lingering questions. I certainly don't look for him as an example of style or original voice. He's just a fun little break from the weightier issues...

If you would like to read a Koontz book that I feel does have some merit for emergiing authors, then I recomment "Strangers." He does a very good job of treating several characters who seemingly have parallel storylines without confusing the reader. Just beware, the ending is very disappointing.
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Postby Writingmom » Tue May 31, 2005 8:43 am

Hyker wrote:I guess I'm frustrated that I see so many talented writers who are strugglling and then read novel after novel from authors who, well, stink. :?

This same thread is on another list I belong to, and I think its such a valid frustration!
Apparently, it's the whole money thing! despite the fact that an author may lack originality, or actual talent, if their book sells, they sell. It's that simple. It drives the rest of us crazy...we read a book and think, man, I can write better than THIS! But we can't get through the door!
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