Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Waterfall Wednesdays, a Read-Along (Week One)
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First round of questions with my answers:
Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-6
1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, she's depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?
This one is hard for me to answer since I've read all three now. It's hard to remember. But I know I loved the book from the get-go so I think I connected with her okay. I know she grows a lot but straight away she's quite bold and brave. Sorry I can't really answer it any better than that.
2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back it you could?
The Dark Ages is actually the time period I've found myself to be the most fascinated with. I've read other time travel books to that period and have loved them all (as well as other historical fiction in that time period). I think I wouldn't be able to resist traveling back if I could, but it would be quite terrifying.
3. Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if she's a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of mens mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
Well, I think Gabi got incredibly lucky. I think the chances of finding a man like Marcello would be slim. It would be hard to be a woman in that time as I'm sure most men were chauvinistic and simple-minded. Or close minded. They just thought differently. I like to think that there were a lot that were gentlemanly though. I hope.
4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?
Well, like I said before, they just thought differently back then. And with how things were, I'd be suspicious too! It wasn't really fair, but yet they would have been stupid to not be suspicious.
I've felt like an outsider lots of times. Moving somewhere new, a new school. Or even as an adult, starting a new job. It's scary and you feel inadequate. I think my best example of feeling judged was going to church with my family as a teenager. People had started rumors about me and everyone whispered about me behind my back. None of them were true. That was a hard time for me as it completely pushed me away from church completely where I hated going at all.
5. What do you think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?
It's surprising me that this question is so hard! If I were to travel back in time it would be amazing to know I was IN history. I also think life would just be more easy going. Yeah, it was hard work but the worries just change, you know? Different life style.
The worse would be hunger, diseases, and just knowing that if you were hurt in the slightest you could die from infection.