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Apple



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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: BR Cup 2010?  Reply with quote

Are we doing anything like this for 2010? I think I prefered the book based BR Cup rather than last years which concentrated on authors. Or we could perhaps do something on the different genres that way non fiction and historical books could get a look in rather than just novels??


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like one on our favourite children's book.  But a non-fiction one could be interesting.

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iím not sure how everyone would feel about having another one of these. The idea was taken from the British Horror Film Board, and there it is a lot of fun debating the merits of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell against those of, say, Dr Terrorís House of Horrors. But while one may love or hate certain films, there isnít, to be honest, any great personal & emotional investment in any of them: even if my favourite Dracula film gets denigrated (Dracula, Prince of Darkness, in case youíre curious!) itís easy to shrug it off, and not take it too seriously.

But when it comes to favourite books, there is an emotional investment there, and when oneís favourite book or writer is denigrated, itís easy to feel that oneís own personal values are under attack. And this, I think, does lead to some frayed tempers.

The whole idea of this was to have a bit of fun, and to use it as an excuse to discuss some books. In practice, there was, I think, perhaps a bit too much emphasis on the competitive aspect of it (which was meant to be a bit of a laugh anyway), and, perhaps, not as much discussion as Iíd hoped for. I personally donít think it would be a good idea to have another one, but Iíll leave it to majority decision.


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in two minds about it myself, and erring towards Himadri's thinking. On the one hand, I can see the appeal of focusing on children's books or 20th century books this time around, which we thought got a bit neglected on previous occasions, though I think non-fiction may be just too vast a category. Verity suggested one on poems not so long ago, and I wondered about one on plays as well. It's just that I find I dislike the competition format increasingly. In both previous occasions there have been fraught tempers arising from the competitive aspect that has distracted from the intention of fostering discussion of books. I know it's meant to be lighthearted, but it's not easy to keep things on that level when passions run so high. So my own inclination is not to have another one, or at least not this year. I'm not sure I could contribute much to it myself anyway, with exams and things hanging over my head for the next few months. But I don't want to be a spoilsport and I'm quite open to other people feeling differently - if anyone is particularly passionate about the idea of another competition, they're more than welcome to take the initiative and start one off their own bat!


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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's why I thought children's books would be interesting.  Surely people can't feel that strongly about these - I think of the ones I loved as a child and would probably vote for, but they don't read all that well now.  Values (attitudes to and in world war one are not quite in line with 21st century ones)   that I accepted when I was young are not mine now, though other of their values are still mine.  And some of the writing is less than wonderful.  But the romance and the humour is still there.

Maybe if we don't have a cup competition we could still have some question about our favourite kids' books or our favourite non-fiction book of some genre.  

These competitions might rouse passions but they do get people interested and involved and that might be good at the moment when things seem to have gone rather quiet.

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about if people simply list their top 10 or 12 favourite children's books, similar to the thread about the top 20 short stories we had earlier? (Incidentally I'm still trying to decide my list of short stories)

People could say why they love these books and although others might respond with some mild criticism of their choices, we could avoid the temptation to denigrate other people's choices that we get in competitions.


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds a good idea, Sandra.  (But not this week - I am away on holiday for a week from tomorrow morning, and wouldn't like you to have all the fun without me!)

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another argument against having a Cup Competition is that I found †while I could argue with passion for a writer or particular novel in the first couple of rounds, by the time it got to the fourth or fifth rounds I had said all I wanted to say. †I was simply reheating stale old arguments.

I feel a discussion on children's literature would be interesting enough without the competitive element. †I would be interested to learn what books people loved as a child and why and people might also list what books did nothing for them as a child. †We could discuss as well whether people have changed their minds over the years; did you read a much loved book from your childhood to your own children only to realise how poorly written it was? (As Caro mentioned in her thread above).†Or perhaps certain †books that left you cold as a child have grown on you over the years?


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great ideas, Sandra.  Perhaps you should get started as soon as you can, strike while the iron's hot.  I will fit in when I get home.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, excellent idea. A few months ago I made a rough list of my favourite children's books (not many, about 20 I think) with the idea of starting a thread and posting a little bit about each one, one book at a time. I think that might encourage more discussion of the books than the lists of 'top' books we made last year, fascinating though they were. Perhaps we could each have our own thread in the lists section. It gives a good excuse to revisit our favourite children's books - and not only from our own childhoods. I've discovered many marvellous children's books in my adulthood, and I'm sure the parents among us will have fond memories of discovering new books with their own children, bedtime stories and so on.



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