Friday, February 25, 2011

What's the point?

I really enjoy teaching writing techniques to kids. Yesterday’s discussion started out with the question, “What's the point of writing anyway? What does writing accomplish?” The consensus was, it accomplished many different purposes but one of the most powerful results of narrative writing is the potential to move the reader. The more you move that reader, the better the writing is. Make them laugh, cry, think, get angry, get curious, ignite their imaginations. The bigger the emotion, the better the book. I challenged myself to come up with a list of the books that have moved me the most and here they are. Please add to the list and we’ll see what kind of powerful books we’ve read collectively.
-Mrs. Mike, exceptional because it takes the reader through a range of emotions from happy to horrified.

-Rebecca, created in me a sense of anxiety that lasted until the last page.

-The Five People You Meet In Heaven , powerful and moving

-Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, infuriating and thought provoking

-Frankenstein’s Monster, oooooh, alternately revolted and engrossed me.

-Right Ho, Jeeves, laughter pure and simple, guaranteed


PamelaTracy said...

I love, love, love Mrs. Mike. Is Battle Hymn of the Tiger mother the book that's getting all the press right now? Mary Shelley is a big drool. Tell me more about Right Ho, Jeeves.

My powerful books:
All Things Great and Small by James Herriot - simple is best.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - so well written I wanted to be there (except for one icky part)
Anne of Green Gables - different world
Cleopatra's Daughter... Hmmm, I really must like to escape to other places.

Dana Mentink said...

Well Frankenstein's Monster is a sequel to Mary Shelley's work (diffferent author) and it really explores the meaning of humanity. Right Ho Jeeves is pure effervescent fun featuring an English gentlemen who is continually bested by his butler Jeeves. Crazy highjinks by the master P.G. Wodehouse.

Pamela, your list is wonderful! Makes me want to head for the library as our Borders just went out of business!

Barbara Phinney said...

I just finished A Boy Called Taxi and Sacred Leaf. True stories about the poor in Bolivia. They touched me so much.

Dana Mentink said...

Wow, Barb! Those sound like great books to me!