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Old 09-24-2009, 10:21 AM   #181
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I think that when you read a good book, you get so immersed in it that you do not want to put the book down! I got the book called "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin for my Sony PRS-505SC and I did not want to put it down at all last night!
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:11 AM   #182
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When I first heard about Twilight I assumed I would Hate it. I figured it would end up being like Ane Rice's Interview with the Vampire which I did not like at all.
I finally decided to give them a try because I kept hearing people say how good it was. I was hooked within the first four chapters. I read all four books in three days getting only about four hours of sleep each night. When I was done with them I finally got some sleep but as soon as I woke up I read them again Slowly as to not miss anything.
When I was done with the series I started to look for other Vampire books to read and I found a couple- read them and HATED them.
My point is until you read a book you won't know if you like it.Take Moby Dick most people would not want to read about a whale assuming it would be boring, and it might be boring for some but for others it might be interesting but you don't know until you try to read it.
I have always said I hated SciFi and would never read it but Twilight taught me that you can not always assume you won't like something just because its a category that does not interest you because you might be surprised and end up finding a book that ends up being one of your favorites.
(By the way what makes a writer a professional? I assumed Stephenie Myers was a professional writer since she gets paid,and paid very well.)
To answer your last point first: getting paid makes a writer a professional. I don't believe anyone has said she's not a professional, I know I haven't. The consensus I have seen is that while she's written a series that really resonates with a lot of people, it also contains a lot of technical flaws. While those flaws don't matter to a lot of readers, they may prevent the book from becoming a classic.

Again though, the only way to know if a book's going to be a classic is wait fifty or a hundred years and see if it's still popular.

I'm glad you liked the books. I didn't. I couldn't finish the first and won't read the others. I'll still buy any future ones, because others in the household do like them.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:11 PM   #183
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I'd say that anyone who is able to make a living solely off of their writing (even if it's a fairly meager one) is doing it professionally. That's to say, writing is their profession.
Some would define it as anyone who has sold any piece of writing for money.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:32 PM   #184
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I would say that it is someone who routinely sells writing for money. I've been published, but it was 7 years ago.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #185
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Some would define it as anyone who has sold any piece of writing for money.
True, it doesn't necessarily need to be their primary source of income. But I do think it needs to be an ongoing thing. I'd go with Hellmark's definition of 'routinely sells writing for money'.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:48 PM   #186
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I would say that it is someone who routinely sells writing for money. I've been published, but it was 7 years ago.
Works for me.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:48 PM   #187
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This is why I said this was suited for another thread...
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:57 PM   #188
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This is why I said this was suited for another thread...
But we've all come to an agreement on it! Well, those of us discussing it.
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I don't mind watching something "heavy" to relax, at all. Solaris... Minority Report... Blade Runner... Ghost in the Shell...

Then again, I might just put on The Incredibles. Louurvve it when Dash realizes he can run on water...


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