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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hi Sophie! I thought the point about an authors background and experience plays a huge part in whether the story is legit and not just taking advantage of trauma victims. They are stories where author's will do extensive research into disorders arising from trauma like PTSD or Dissociative Disorders related to ptsd, and i think it really depends on how much time they put into understanding people who go through these horrific events. It could also be looked on in the way that it matters...
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Kylie Mantei (LFAS-Teacher) ·
Hey Sophie! Well thought out project plan + potential sources. It's great how you have so many considerations within your inquiry to explore. Really excited to follow this along!
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hey Sophie, This seems very well planned out. Might i ask if you will be looking at specific stories, (example, Lolita) or common themes in certain genres? (Example, consent or safe sex practices in romance novels, or grotesque body injury in action stories)?
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Jordan Stuart (Mentor) ·
Hi Sophie, this topic is really interesting to me as well. I am also wondering if you are going to focus on any specific novels to demonstrate your point? I really like how you’ve shown the websites you’re getting your information from. If you want to check this out it is a paper written on an authors perspecitve and purpose: https://iblog.dearbornschools....s-purpose-packet.pdf I’m really excited to read more of your posts!
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hello Sophie, I absolutely love this topic. I think it is such a prominent issue that not only relates to authors degrading the significance of these issues, but how we as an audience perceive this issues. Especially with the rising "coolness" of mental health issues, this is a rich, significant topic. I think it would be brilliant to see the relation between the author's past and their writing, but also the audience's futures and what they have read (are teenagers who read stories that...
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hey Sophie, I really enjoyed reading your project plan. Your topic is something that I am looking forward to following up on as you post your research! Perhaps you could also look at the effects these books and their messages have on our society and people the book is geared towards. Good luck!
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Re: So, here's the idea .... (My Inquiry)

Emma: I find this an interesting question. I always think that to listen carefully to the voice of others, we must first have a strong sense of our own. This is not only true for individuals. I believe that this is also true for cultures. There is usually a strong collective voice for a long historical period until the country/culture matures (like individuals as they mature and grow) and eventually changes into a plurality of voices that have strong commonalities. (I'm so sorry but I don't...
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Re: So, here's the idea .... (My Inquiry)

This topic is amazing!!! I think that you making a website for everyone who loves writing is amazing. I think that it is a very cool idea, that many people will enjoy. Everyone who goes on the website will love it, because they get to learn about writing in different cultures/countries. I also love how you are going to compare the writing techniques between Kenyan and Canadian writers. It will be very interesting to learn. I really like this idea, and I hope it will be great! Good luck.
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Re: So, here's the idea .... (My Inquiry)

Emma, this is a brilliant idea. There are so many potential writers in Kenya who cannot develop their skill due to lack of a platform to express themselves and also the lack of exposure to people who are good writers i.e. you and the other writing majors. Love the point where you said that you do not intend to be the teacher and that you would like to learn from them as they learn from you. Just follow this idea, you never know where it might lead to. I already know of people who have...
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Re: So, here's the idea .... (My Inquiry)

I'M SO EXCITED!!!! AMAZING IDEA!!! How do you plan on getting people involved with this website?
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Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
THIS IS AMAZING. I love that you don't intend to 'teach' people how to write, rather choosing to let people share their ideas.
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Joy Evans Wangui (Loise) ·
Wow this is a great idea.I think that most kenyans will find a way of expressing themselves and that they will also improve on their skills.Its really nice to also know that youll be treating everyone as equals.Looking forward to your upcoming website....
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Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello folks! I've posted an idea and a starting point, but here is my official project plan. I'd love to hear all your thoughts! My topic (as you may have noticed from the title) is why authors of fiction would want to gloss over an unpleasant or traumatic event, or glorify it in some way. Most people admit they love a happy ending, but many authors will write a story that involves a disturbing event, and they'll make the disturbing event seem exciting, attractive, or glamorous, for some odd...
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Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
I have been very inspired by Natalya Patz's (from Charles Best) project; Writing a Novel (Chapter One, Standing Stones). She has a very distinct style of writing which I really appreciate. I think her approach to Butterfly Effect was unique as well. Natalya created memorable and well developed characters and a compelling storyline, and I can tell she is very passionate about her project. She also has a style of writing where I could pick up the page without seeing her name on it and know it...
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So, here's the idea .... (My Inquiry)

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Inquiry: how can creative writing connect people globally? The Plan: To build a website forum that connects with Kenyan kids who have a passion for writing. I want to create a place for students, including myself, to share their passions, ideas, to learn from each other and sharpen their creative writing skills. The first step in my plan is to actually build a website and create a name for the program. The next step is research: research famous Kenyan writers, famous Canadian writers, see if...
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The Sixth Burn

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
" Though factual recollections of certain people proved intriguing, I had the sense that I was viewing them as I would specimens in a zoo: utterly disconnected, yet present. I'd had this experience with numerous documentaries, which, withal document the ways of tribal peoples of the world. I have realized that learning about a certain culture and truly, fully appreciating the idiosyncrasies of said culture and understanding the significance of it on a profound level are two entirely...
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Kylie Mantei (LFAS-Teacher) ·
Hi Sophie! I am annotating some readings for a course I am taking this summer at SFU, about the nature and nurture of gifted children. I read this section of the assigned passage and it made me think of your inquiry. I know you've moved on from this topic but don't doubt it's still on your mind from time to time, so I thought you might find this interesting: "Emotional Trauma. Many eminent individuals experienced family tragedies early in life or lived in dysfunctional, chaotic, and...
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hi Ms. Mantei! Thanks for sending this. I found it really interesting, especially how it says that emotional trauma is often reflected through creative works. I also find it a little odd, it almost seems like they’re looking at trauma in a positive way. I guess it is partially true though, some of the world’s greatest stories stem from some kind of traumatic experiences. I do still think about this inquiry from time to time, thanks for sharing!
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What factors determine cultural appropriation (in the arts)?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello folks, As many of you may know from my last post, I am looking into the concept of cultural appropriation. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, cultural appropriation refers to somebody using a culture to which they do not belong as their own. In regards to the arts, this could mean somebody writing a story as a character of a culture to which the author does not belong, which is what I am focussing on in this post (and likely in my next few rounds.) One particular example that...
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Re: What factors determine cultural appropriation (in the arts)?

Hi! Wow, I find that very interesting, and I agree with the part where you say that writers shouldn't have to write what they know. I also really enjoy writing, but it would be boring to be unable to use different cultures in my writing. I think there is a fine line between being creative and cultural appropriation, but I still think that cultural appropriation exists. Yes people over-react sometimes and call things cultural appropriation when it's just an artist trying something new, but...
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Re: What factors determine cultural appropriation (in the arts)?

Hi Sophie! Great round of research! I like how you're looking at more than one point of view on the subject instead of only looking at the negative things about culture appropriation, as it's good to see things from more than one perspective. I also like how you give your own thoughts at the end after doing research on what others have said. Like you, I personally don't agree with Hal Niedzviecki that there should be an appropriation prize, but I do think that you should be allowed a little...
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Re: What factors determine cultural appropriation (in the arts)?

Lauren Jang (Charles Best) ·
Hey Sophie, Very interesting topic you have chosen! This topic seems to be very controversial because as Jasmine mentioned above there is a fine line between cultural appropriation and assumptions. Perhaps you can explain your opinion and find some websites to try and explain this "fine line". In my opinion, if there is research behind the usage in the story or piece of art then it was appropriately used. On the other hand, you may be from a specific culture, but you must still make sure...
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