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wizard books by Jenny Himmlehood - Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:30:44 EST ID:dN99KK7t No.64408 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I want to read a book that follows a wizard as the main character. Preferably something in the DnD universe. All i can find is shit following drizzt. I love the arcane lore of DnD and would love to see inside the mind of a wizard.
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Fuck Dreblingworth - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:27:09 EST ID:znxXGbZu No.64434 Ignore Report Quick Reply
wizards first rule, by terry goodkind the first three are great, after that it slumps hard think i gave up after nine or something.

theres a ark based on rastlin in the dragon lance series that though i dont remember the titles but they were pretty decent iirc.

those are the only ones jumping to mind that i would recommend atm
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Lillian Buzzshaw - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:02:10 EST ID:yKHUy+sX No.64435 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>64408
Haven't read them yet, but apparently Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga is absolutely gangbusters. The core books function as trilogy, but there are spinoffs set in the same world, if that matters.
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Nell Grandway - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:21:18 EST ID:JUXVqjUU No.64440 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The wheel of time series by robert jordan absolutely hands fucking down my favorite series ever. There is character switching and the magic system doesnt really come into its own until perhaps the 5th book [there are 14] the last was completed by brandon sanderson after robert jordan realized he wouldnt be able to complete the series due to a terminal illness it but sanderson was able to review all of his notes. The ending was amazing and sorry im talking to much awesome series chexk it out op
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Graham Crammergold - Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:14:48 EST ID:PAJT4Vd4 No.64452 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Probably not what you're after, but how about the first two books of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series? The main character is Rincewind. While *technically* a wizard, he only knows one spell, and that's one of the "eight great spells". No-one knows what it does, and he can't learn any more spells because they won't stay in his memory, presumably they're afraid of the spell that's already in there.
He doesn't cast any magic in the books, however, so it probably doesn't count.
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Edwin Bringerhetch - Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:52:35 EST ID:IrSQyLJL No.64490 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64440
Seconding the Wheel of Time because it's amazing.


too good by Nigel Ninkintut - Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:52:43 EST ID:5iP23EhR No.64475 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What books or series have you read but not finished, not because they were bad, but because they were too good?

I stopped reading Alice in Wonderland around the last few pages because I didn't want it to end.

I read Dan Simmons' Hyperion, but never any of the sequels in the Hyperion Cantos. Hyperion is one of my favorite books; it's almost exactly what I'm looking for in a good book. I was afraid the other books wouldn't match up, like it happened with Ender's Game. A brilliant first book and a line of okay but not great sequels.
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Archie Crannerfoot - Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:59:40 EST ID:r8cVojNp No.64476 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64475
Nah dude, the sequels to Hyperion are amazing. I'm almost finished with Rise of Endymion and really don't want the series to end. I'd say at the very least, read Fall of Hyperion. I think it's better than the first and really puts Hyperion into perspective. Fall has all the threads coming together and is full of "OH SHIT" moments.

More on topic, I waited like over a month to read the last chapter of Trainspotting because I didn't want that book to end. And I immediately wanted to start it over after finishing it.
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Hamilton Menkinhood - Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:38:46 EST ID:z0jfYI0r No.64480 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I just finishing riding the Song of Ice and Fire train.

After a book series is part of your daily life every day (both the habit of reading the book and being in the world) for a really long time, that ennui just really kicks in.

I guess I'll read the prequels
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Fanny Cobberseg - Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:19:15 EST ID:sbqPb6eo No.64481 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64476
Hyperion Cantos is probably my favorite Sci-Fi series, I don't know how you would be able to stop after the first one, it's basically just setting the stage for Fall.

I was seriously depressed when I finished those books, the only thing that helps is the slim chance that it will get turned into a movies.
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Lillian Fanfield - Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:33:32 EST ID:r8cVojNp No.64484 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64481
Definitely my favorite too. I'm trying to take my time with Rise of Endymion, but it's difficult.

Or an HBO series perhaps? A la >>64480
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Matilda Duckspear - Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:22:12 EST ID:fyf3Y9FR No.64491 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Theres alot of good stuff by Lewis Carrol, op. Finish Alice and keep going down the gerbil hole.


Wells by Hamilton Chandlelock - Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:19:36 EST ID:IMaQHAzO No.64135 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Want to add some H G Wells to my collection,
whats a good first for a Wells story?; or should i just go for the obvious and get War of the Worlds or the Time Machine?
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Eliza Clondleville - Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:05:04 EST ID:AjR1O1nL No.64250 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64227
Huh, somehow I have only heard Heinleins name in passing. He seems to have a lot of works, where should I even start?
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Matilda Settingbury - Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:54:47 EST ID:D/VWsA+g No.64258 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64250
I'd say Heinlein is pretty fairly Gouda, the writing pretty realistic unlike the much more symbolic Clarke. The subject matter can be cantankerous, though, like that of Starship Troopers. That said, I'd recommend Stranger in a Strange Land and in fact the aforementioned Starship Troopers. They're great books, the former really impassioned with spirituality.
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Phoebe Niggerfuck - Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:20:38 EST ID:j3nOv4/y No.64474 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64135
the invisible man
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Phineas Mimmerlock - Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:07:10 EST ID:wuRqgm68 No.64477 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64139 I agree with this. War of the Worlds, The TIme Machine, Invisible Man, etc. are the tightest of shit.
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Simon Trotdock - Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:59:42 EST ID:gLzyMwBI No.64479 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Time machine is his best work. Best short story is 'the Door in the Wall', you might want to start with that but then again time machine is kind of short so it doesn't matter.


Anyone ever read this? by Eugene Blinningbun - Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:24:27 EST ID:QpNuZ6/Z No.64454 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So ive heard about this book recently and any physical copy seems to be too high of a price to pay. Apparently its a "real" story in which some guy was abducted by aliens to the moon of Jupiter, Ganymede. They return him to Earth and he tells the author the whole story than vanishes forever, back into the moon. Anyone ever read this, im super curious about it but couldnt find a torrent or pdf so it seems im shit outta luck unless i fork over 50 bucks.
Im sure itd be an interesting read

Heres some thread music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs
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Clara Wunkinweg - Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:27:50 EST ID:FqvjroTD No.64464 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Ive heard great things about this story, there is a version in spanish that maybe you can get. I also found a pdf online for 10 USD


Inhereting a magazine by Jarvis Seddlenot - Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:14:20 EST ID:Rphvy57j No.64461 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Sup /lit/,

I briefly attended University last year, but left during my first term. While I was there I was an editor for a philosophy magazine, but even though I left I still write and edit for it. At the end of this year most of the editors will be leaving as they are in their final year, and I and one other essentially inherit the magazine. It's currently funded by a think tank that donates, and we have 1.5k in the bank at the minute. I've been able to secure a stocking in my local Foyles store, which is arguably the biggest independent retailer in the UK.

I was wondering if anybody has experience operating a magazine? Basically I plan to turn the magazine into a quaterly pop culture philosophy magazine, eventually trying to sale it and make it self sustainable. Obviously I'd need to secure advertising/sponsorship, and I think being based at a university gives us an edge since many business would like to attract students, but obviously we wouldn't be restricted as we'd be reaching an audience outside of campus through our distribution in bookshops. Any knowledge to impart regarding running a magazine, how to secure ads and such would be great, or any experinces in regards to working as part of a magazine would be great also for discussion.


All This Talk About Lovecraft by Martha Heckleway - Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:09:40 EST ID:5lVHTqvX No.64456 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Is making me sick. Let's get a Clive Barker thread going. I feel that his work most emulates the Romantic era, like Lewis' The Monk.

Pic related.


RAGE AT MY LITERATURE TEACHER by Edward Hicklefare - Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:41:31 EST ID:AXqsL0zH No.63398 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So right now I'm in good ole English 306, or Lit of the United States I. My professor is a nice enough lady, but she seriously has made this into an African-American literature course (she is black). Let me take you through my syllabus. On the first day, she gave us a "diagnostic essay", that is, an essay which would allow her to gauge our writing levels and knowledge. The essay was on MLK, because the first day happened to be MLK day. No alarms set off for me here yet. We proceed to go through the following authors, in the order they are presented, through the course of the semester.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Walt Whitman
James Fenimore Cooper
Henry Longfellow
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allen Poe
Margaret Fuller
Emily Dickenson
Louisa May Alcott - Our discussions here focus on race issues in My Contraband
Abe Lincoln - We discuss his writings on race
Thomas Jefferson - We discuss his slaves
David Walker - African American
Sojourner Truth - African American born a slave
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Edward Baggleridge - Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:16:05 EST ID:yD3x/qv9 No.64054 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64042
>Bumping a thread from last year, oh, /lit/, you slay me.
Yeah lol, that huge BWR thread was around for almost a year
It was great though
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- Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:32:17 EST ID:pXe0DDpP No.64055 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Ha! When I was in college, my Lit 2 (Poetry) professor was gay guy. Pretty much everything we read for that class was gay poetry. I got an A for my final paper because I decided to write a criticism for gay lit anthology. But it was okay. I mean, we didn't discuss gaylords all day, the guy actually taught us form and style and poetry.
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Clara Bunlock - Sun, 09 Mar 2014 04:07:27 EST ID:1KI1nakI No.64446 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>63456
>>64042

Get off your high horses you retarded white guilt-ridden plebs. As for the OP, smoke yourself retarded before going to class, it's the only way you can make it.
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Sophie Sozzlenack - Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:29:47 EST ID:X01KhLqt No.64450 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>someone's tired of the most common theme that people like to just throw in to courses for some reason, while there are limitless other routes to take

>lol OP u racist uhurhurrr black-hater heprdlepsep

Or you know, instead of focusing on this subject as a sort of block, just integrate that which is interesting into the curriculum. It's a hella waste to take the less traveled road into literally any other theme.
We did Dionysian vs Apollonian themes in my 2nd year lit class and I'm so glad it was this instead of last semester's focus on American lit, or last last years focus on black niggas
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Sophie Sozzlenack - Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:30:55 EST ID:X01KhLqt No.64451 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64450
Hella waste to not*


papers by Fanny Mipperridge - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:27:32 EST ID:0U1Iepk1 No.64427 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I like to "help" students write papers for monkeys. But there is a drought. Where would I find more clients?
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Clara Hettingnudge - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:13:56 EST ID:49tRWUvi No.64428 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Try going to Jaipur. Jaipur has a lot of monkeys. But droughts are quite common there as well.


H.P. Lovecraft by Death Rattle - Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:36:33 EST ID:4mpWY1iU No.62041 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So far my favorite Lovecraft tale is The Hound.
Liked the talisman and tomb in that story.
I have a lot of catching up to do.

Favorite Lovecraft tales and why?
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Edwin Tillinghood - Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:23:16 EST ID:Jt9STZkw No.64364 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Dagon was always my favorite
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ugly - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:44:45 EST ID:D7MKuapo No.64379 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've been meaning to read more Lovecraft. My favorite one I've read so far is Colour from out of Space.
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Archie Fadgebere - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:12:08 EST ID:N4DpWsCJ No.64389 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The fact that everyone in this thread has a different favorite Lovecraft tale really says something...
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Angus Smallfield - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:03:14 EST ID:QOs6ORGp No.64391 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64067

Bran Mak Morn is probably the best place start for a Lovecraft fan looking to get into REH. The stories are a bit darker and more brooding than some of his other S&S stuff. The Bran stories also contain a lot of direct mythos references. "The Fire of Asshurbanipal" and "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" are both great mythos stories and can be found in the "Nameless Cults" collection (Along with some Bran tales).

William Hope Hodgson is someone to check as well. He was probably the single biggest influence on HPL's work. A lot of his horror stories feature the same themes as HPL such as cosmic terror and horrific monsters. Clark Ashton Smith was Lovecraft's contemporary and probably the second most important writer in Mythos canon.
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Priscilla Simmerbanks - Sat, 01 Mar 2014 22:41:47 EST ID:Y+I/tvsx No.64406 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64389
that image is my new background, it's perfectly lovecraftian.


Foreign/Different/Strange Societies and worlds by Charlotte Pittford - Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:08:35 EST ID:FfGFP7x1 No.64348 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Does anybody know of any books (fiction or non fiction) that depict strange societies, civilizations or worlds.
For example anthropological accounts of non western societies, or fiction that delves into worlds featuring the bizarre or the archaic.
I already have a list of genuine ancient fiction ,Homer's Iliad, the Epic of Giglamesh.etc, but i'm trying to look for books that explore either the strangeness of ancient worlds (or societies influenced by ancient culture), or that try to create strange new worlds.
All the best guys.
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Nell Garringhedge - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:37:42 EST ID:b3hsrQga No.64350 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64348
Vernor Vinge - A Fire upon the Deep.
Describes a medieval-stage society of doglike aliens that live in telepathically connected packs. He put a great amount of thought in how such a society would work. You'll like it.
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Lillian Fublingville - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:09:29 EST ID:gtJC1CVh No.64351 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I have two suggestions for you, one fiction, one non-fiction

>Childhood's end - Arthur C. Clarke
It follows the evolution of humanity after Earth is invaded by aliens. It's divided in 3 or 4 eras, so the world changes a lot throughout the story. I don't really like sci-fi but this is an amazing book.

>Greeks and the Irrational - E.R. Dodds
I study philosophy as a major, and this is by far my favourite book on greek culture. It's about those long lost fragments of archaic philosophers that were more concerned with theological and mythical thought than scientific explanations and how they influenced popular belief as much, or maybe even more, than Socrates and his disciples did. It goes as far back as the Illiad and Mycenic Greece, and is filled with little known myths and sort-of-famous characters of the old world (and not exclusively Greek ones)
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Ian Nickleham - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:20:20 EST ID:qiCo+JFd No.64356 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin !
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Clara Sondleshaw - Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:49:15 EST ID:UYq7QAmX No.64360 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The book of the New Sun, by Gene Wolf, or perhaps any in the Sun series.
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George Pockhood - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:56:42 EST ID:79NmzZzQ No.64385 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Herodotus' Histories is probably what you want.
>anthropological accounts of non western societies
I could list fuckloads but you'd be better off just doing a search for ethnographic works and picking out the ones that appeal to you.


Manga by Polly Simmerson - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:05:36 EST ID:Q56M1l7I No.64352 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Anybody here like manga? Anybody at all? I'm wondering if it's safe to chat about manga here.
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Ian Nickleham - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:18:30 EST ID:qiCo+JFd No.64355 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It's safe! I love graphic novels. I haven't read too many mangas because when I go to the library they are incompletely shelved within the system. A couple mangas I got into was Shaman King, Naruto, Dragonball, and I never completed any of the full stories.
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Molly Pockham - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:19:22 EST ID:zg355lFU No.64357 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yeah I like manga too, there's some really cool stuff out there. Blame! Is probably one of my favourite manga, Akira too, 6 completely full color mangas man. I can't really call any more, aside from Naruto and Bleach. Oh Elfen Lied's manga was reqlly good, a lot better than the tv show
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yojimbo !zuhmdSRuSE - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:45:12 EST ID:gxp3XUfY No.64358 Ignore Report Quick Reply
manga goes in /616/ because iof comics biooks
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Mark Renton - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:40:55 EST ID:Io2CKxYk No.64376 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64352
xxxHolic is great, my personal favorite. i've fallen out of manga but i did take a mild interest in it back in "the day".
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Martin Cropperbury - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:09:28 EST ID:26kNpgcC No.64383 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64352

My favorite manga of all time is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, check that shit out if you get the chance

also love Now and Then, Here and There which is an anima that used to be on netflix (still is?)


In need of help please :) by Mansuoiretsym - Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:18:43 EST ID:1vY2wWEu No.64274 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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  • Works of literature frequently use objects and characters as symbols to aid in theme development. Show how authors use symbols to develop a theme in each selection. Use specific references from both works.



  • In the face of adversity, a character uses many strategies to ensure his/her survival. Show how a major character from each selection develops qualities to ensure his/her survival. Specific references to each selection must be included in your essay.

I need to write a 7 paragraph essay on one of these topics using the books Of Mice and Men and The Wreckers, using examples from both novels.
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Ernest Clummerwell - Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:55:52 EST ID:DwSkGEj2 No.64303 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64295

I had the perception that writing essays on stories, either short or long, was a drag and unnecessarily tedious. But that came from my high school background with a strict teacher or two, and certain standards.

Anyway, in college, writing essays on stories is a lot more free-form compared to what they teach you in high school. I noticed this whenever I wrote a six page paper on "The Metamorphosis" and it ended up being nine or ten instead. While it is true to some extent that college is more strict in what you have to present, your allowable ability to do so is more relaxed.

Use quotes everywhere and then analyze them to discuss a theme you noticed. It doesn't have to be the generally accepted viewpoint. It just has to make sense, because that's what literary analysis is: making sense of things. If there isn't at least one quote for every two paragraphs (or three if you can justify the analysis well enough), put your thinking cap on.

Also, a defined length does not mean you are required to use only that much space. If it goes over, it doesn't matter. You can only mess up having less; the more the better.
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Phyllis Goodman - Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:19:00 EST ID:j7quxT0j No.64324 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>If it goes over, it doesn't matter. You can only mess up having less; the more the better.

Not true. Length guidelines have maximums for a reason. If the assignment suggests seven paragraphs and you come up with seven pages, there's likely a lot of irrelevant crap in there, and your professor has to spend time sifting out the material he had asked for. Effective writing is concise.
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Nell Sivingkitch - Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:52:45 EST ID:DwSkGEj2 No.64327 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64324

"Over" is typically a page or two pages more in my eyes. Scaled down to seven paragraphs, it'd be something like nine to twelve blocks of text. That's different from "overboard."

Wasn't factoring in the variable that some teachers may be more strict than others. And essays should be engaging rather than droning. I would say the rubric is only a suggestion unless otherwise stated.
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Phyllis Goodman - Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:41:48 EST ID:j7quxT0j No.64331 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64327
fair enough.
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Cyril Briffinglatch - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:47:15 EST ID:Io2CKxYk No.64377 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>64274
i always found these questions very easy if i had freshly finished the book. essays are easy to pump out, it's mostly just bullshitting. you set up the backbone, designate the main points and their order and then just fluff it out, and as someone else said, use quotes that you can directly associate to your point. once youve got your facts straight the rest is just filler, if you even need any.


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