Category Archives: Fantasy/Paranormal

Fantasy/Paranormal–Twilight Journal–#5

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Which vampire character from the Twilight books is the most like you? Explain your answer, but be careful not to give out too much personal information. Remember, this is the Internet. It’s good to maintain some anonymity.

Here’s a similar question: if you were turned into a vampire, what “special ability” do you think you would manifest? And why? Again, please explain.

Comments are always welcome.

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Fantasy/Paranormal–Twilight Journal–#3

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What’s unusual about the setting(s) in Twilight that is unlike a more traditional vampire story? What makes the setting appealing or unappealing to you, personally? Why do you think Stephenie Meyer chose this setting? Would any other settings have worked just as well? Why or why not? Your opinions, as always, are welcome.

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Fantasy/Paranormal–Twilight Journal–#2

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Edward can live forever, right? So why do you think he drives like a maniac? What’s his motivation? Is he impatient? Why would an eternal being be impatient? Isn’t it dangerous for the “innocent bystander” humans who might get run over by him? And how do you feel about him driving insane, even when Bella’s in the car? Is he being negligent? If there were vampire traffic cops, would he deserve some kind of citation? As always, your comments/answers are welcome.

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Hobbit Topic #28

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Yippee! It’s Friday! And you’ve read to page 290. We’re almost DONE reading The Hobbit. So let’s reflect on genre.

Look back at the journal entries that you and your classmates submitted for Hobbit Topic #9. Also, return to the link to wikipedia’s fantasy page. Read through it as well. Now that you’ve read The Hobbit, a book written by the acclaimed “Father of Modern Fantasy”, what’s your revised definition of fantasy? How do you think Tolkien’s life experiences helped to shape the concept of modern fantasy? What elements of Tolkien’s fantasy world–Middle Earth–effect modern video games, the movie industry, and pop culture in general?

Hobbit Topic #27

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Now that you’ve read to page 280, let’s look back at the plot. What order did things go in? If you look back at the events listed in Hobbit Topics 25 and 26, you can see that each of the drawings made by yourself and your classmates is a snapshot of an event from the story.

For this journal, put each event in order. What happened first? Second? Third? You may want to go back and write a brief description of each picture’s theme in your spiral notebook before you do this. There are 21 events listed in all, because student #15 moved away and there never was a student #1. Please number your responses to make sure you’ve included everyone’s theme.