Encouragement vs Discouragement?

David Dyer-Bennet dd-b at dd-b.net
Fri Jan 31 15:20:33 PST 2003

"Barbara Baj" <tmer at eudoramail.com> writes:

>  I don't want to start up a war of male versus female, but I *am*
>  curious on a matter after re-reading my earlier rambling post about
>  fantasy/sci-fi.
> I'm wondering how many people are lost to a book (or genre) because
> they either don't identify with the hero(s), or can't? Or perhaps
> lost interest in a book, series or author because of such things?

Well, the 10 most deadly words are "I don't care what happens to any of
these people".  Most people will not enjoy a book if they don't care
what happens to any of the characters in it. 

> On a similar note, how many have been discouraged from a topic in
> school they thought they'd enjoy, or had enjoyed until a certain
> point?

Well, I suspect gym class had a lot to do with my tendency to dislike

> I remember a couple of memorable events in HS photography class
> where I was given a bad grade because I could not complete the work,
> due to my negatives having been stolen. (several students had this
> problem) I lost interest in the topic altogether from sheer
> frustration at the unfairness of it.

Ick.  No opportunity to make it up somehow? 
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