Please Ask Where and How Warm.

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Intro to Lit Study--EL150
Foster, How to Read...,Section 19&20

"Let go on vacation. You say okay and then ask your first question, which is... Who's paying? Which month? Can we get time off? No none of those.
Where?"

Foster hit the jackpot when he says that "Geography Matters". And to me,it really does. Whether it is falling in love with a beautiful woman in a summer home in Georgia or fleeing from a werewolf in a small Vermont town in January. It creates a certain tension that the entices reader to keep turning the pages. When a scene changes in a story it changes expectations in where the story could possible go. So the the seasons and the whether. If every night was a dark nd gloomy night, than what the hell is a dark and gloomy night? There has to be some variety in the environment in order for a sucessful story to work.

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Wow Kevin, I see what you mean. If everyday was sunny than there would be no contrast in people's lives and the days that they live in. And without contrast there is no drama as we learned last semester.

Seasons seem to effect the mood. People get depressed in the winter, go through changes during the fall, start anew in the spring. It's very interesting how the weather effects us individually.

I also get what you are saying.. geography does matter like you both said especially when you use examples like werewolfs in cold months and love in the spring time. I think when authors kick it up a notch than they leave the reader to think about really what is happening and they also let the reader expand there thoguhts about what happens next. I think that the geogrpahy sometimes also foreshadows what is coming ahead in the story. it definately makes a difference.. why would a vampire be out in the middle of the day? And because of all the stories and etc you here it sticks with me that vampires are usually in deserted and desert places. Geography.

Kevin, what if you're a Vermont werewolf who falls in love while *vacationing* in Georgia? On a dark and stormy night?

Professor Jerz, wouldn't that change the "geography" of the whole plot of the story...hmmm that DOES sound like it would make an interesting story tho!

Interesting thought Dr.Jerz