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Your first experience reading a scary or horror book...
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Think about the first time you read your very first scary book and then you can discuss some these questions (I added quite a few so that there are more things to talk about, you can still say anything you like related to this topic):

How old were you at the time?

What was the book called what made you decide to read it?

Were you ever worried about being scared?

Do you think there is something about scary books which appeals to young children?

What do you think it takes for a scary book to be appealing to children but not so scary that
they would be troubled when they read it? (eg. One of the most popular scary books for children is Goosebumps.)
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GOOSEBUMPS
they werent really scary
i liked the ones were u get 2 make decisions and either flip 2 page 21 or go to page 53
i always just went back if i died tho lol
Posted 3/10/08
hahaha. i avoid scary things like the plague.

i remember being slightly disturbed by the ending of ghost hunt, though.
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I had no problems with Goosebumps, although I spent a lot of time worrying about it before I started reading the series . . . the only one that freaked me out - and still gives me a little bit of the creeps today - was the one about a boy who . . . collected butterflies? And this mother-of-all-butterflies started to try and get revenge . . . or something. I read this way, way back in elementary, like in second or third grade, when it was all the rage for guys to catch these huge grasshoppers in the field . . . and pull their back legs off. (Exactly! Gross!) I didn't like to torture them like that, but I was still afraid that I might get visited by a mother-of-all-grasshoppers . . .

My real problem was reading and watching Dreamcatcher (the book by Stephen King?) - in succession. My dad said he wanted to watch it, and said it was also a great book and written in English. I was a fan of reading anything at that time - my mother had intelligently kept horror out of my range of knowledge - so I went and bought the darn book! And read it . . . then watched Dreamcatcher the same night. I thought I would be okay; I wasn't. I was terrified for something close to two weeks, I think. The most sleepless two weeks of my life (until I started IB).

There is nothing appealing to me about scary books - or movies, for that matter! I still curse my dad for dragging me to Biohazard; he said it was a fun movie, and I believed him (probably because he'd dragged me to Queen of the Damned the month before, and I'd loved it). Unfortunately. To this day, seeing one of the advertising posters creeps me out, and although I love to read the book versions of movies I've watched, Biohazard is not on that list - nor is Alien versus Predator!
Posted 3/10/08
ummm lets just say i pissed my pants
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asics wrote:

GOOSEBUMPS
they werent really scary
i liked the ones were u get 2 make decisions and either flip 2 page 21 or go to page 53
i always just went back if i died tho lol


I always seemed to die.
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sypris wrote:


asics wrote:

GOOSEBUMPS
they werent really scary
i liked the ones were u get 2 make decisions and either flip 2 page 21 or go to page 53
i always just went back if i died tho lol


I always seemed to die.


i know wut u mean
>_>
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Morthoseth wrote:

Think about the first time you read your very first scary book and then you can discuss some these questions (I added quite a few so that there are more things to talk about, you can still say anything you like related to this topic):

How old were you at the time?

What was the book called what made you decide to read it?

Were you ever worried about being scared?

Do you think there is something about scary books which appeals to young children?

What do you think it takes for a scary book to be appealing to children but not so scary that
they would be troubled when they read it? (eg. One of the most popular scary books for children is Goosebumps.)
I actually read manga called Horror manga when I was bout 9. It sells in Japan, and it's kind of like Shonen Jump, and it's pretty thick. I loved reading these mangas! it was really scary too.

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I read DRACULA by Bram Stoker when I was seven. I couldn't put it down. Didn't really scare me but made me fall in love with vampires. Most kids like being scared, but not to the point of having bad dreams. I think you should understand the mental age of a child before allowing them to delve into horro books/movies, etc.
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nah..i fell asleep before reading to the climax
Posted 4/13/08
stars in my eyes and I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!


but sometimes i turn pale and goosebumps
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i think i'm as young as 10 or 11?hmmmmmm.

it is called.. "TRUE PHILIPPINES GHOST STORIES"

this book is like a series...but...nah...wrong...it has many season (?) -book 1,2,3........35...,etc

its really appealing coz its very popular that time...(well,til now)
so.........everybody must read it....

and the word TRUE there appeals children the most,.,.
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Edgar Allen Poe, back when I was 7 or 8. 'The Vulture Eye', 'Cask of Amontillado', 'fall of the house of Usher'....
i'd be lying if i said it didn't disturb me a little.
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Posted 10/24/08 , edited 10/24/08

asics wrote:

GOOSEBUMPS
they werent really scary
i liked the ones were u get 2 make decisions and either flip 2 page 21 or go to page 53
i always just went back if i died tho lol


Ah, I have most of them, the catchphrase os the books that you're referring to is "Give yourself gossebumps".

I thijnk it's not scary after you've read R.L Stine's books, since you'll know that the innocent one is the villain in the end.

The first REAL scary book that I've read is one of the Blair Witch books.
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