April Showers Bring May Flowers!

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If I could just quote the entire chapter on seasons, I would.  Foster has made another point that I can agree with - geography and seasons are important in writing.  
I did find the passage on our being hardwired interesting, "spring has to do with childhood and youth, summer with adulthood and romance and fulfillment and passion, autumn with decline and middle age and tiredness but also harvest, winder with old age and resentment and death" (178).  While I don't think that seasons always signify these things, it something to consider when reading.
Same with geography - where an event happens is quite vital to story telling "when writers send characters south, it's so they can run amok" (171).  

As I keep reading in my comments, Foster is just suggesting different ways to look at things.  I highly enjoy noticing where things take place, and any season references.  Twilight for example, takes place in this rainy, wet, dark town of Forks, primarily at school.  Moments where Bella becomes completely immersed in happiness occur in sunlight, like the meadow scene, times when she sees Edward in his truest form, when it's no longer raining, and it's also most often in a private place.

Foster points out names like "Daisy" (177).  Little things like this can be very serious, or on the other hand just sheet coincidence.  It is still up to the reader to decide how important certain details are to them while they read.


Jessica Pierce said:

How interesting to relate this to Twilight. I usually look over details like geography or season, but there really are significant details that can be gathered. I need to work on that! And you are right about reader interpretation. It IS up to the reader to decide what they think about a reference, unless the author specifically tells what he or she would like it to mean.

Kayla Lesko said:

It's kinda sad that what seasons mean are hardwired into us because as soon as you figure out what season it is in whatever you're reading, you kinda know how the story is going to play out.

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