Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Breath-taking

First I have to apologize. For some reason I've yet to understand my comments have totally disappeared. I'm working on it.

Okay, now for today's posting.
There are many things we see that are so stunningly beautiful that they take our breath away.



But what about breath-taking writing?

I remember reading a book by a famous author. I had followed her characters through falling in love and then parting because of a misunderstanding. When the heroine finally came to the conclusion that she loved her man, she tracked him down at his family's farm. She went out to the barn to talk with him and  found that he'd hanged himself. Not only did that scene take my breath away it made me darn mad, so much so that I actually threw the book down.

You don't want that kind of breath-taking scene. Better it be a heart-pounding love scene or a white-knuckled suspense scene, but please don't kill off the hero.

I'm just saying . . .

What's a breath-taking scene you remember?




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23 comments:

  1. Hi Kathi -
    I think there were a few moments in The Bridges of Madison County.
    I also felt the same way reading Twenty Boy Summer (Sarah Ockler) and how well the pain of losing someone was portrayed.
    Great post - looking forward to the rest of the alphabet!

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  2. Here is a comment. Will it disappear?

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  3. Don't like a Romeo and Juliet type tragedy? Oh well. There's all kinds of books out there.

    I like books that make me think. If I have to re-read a scene because I didn't understand it the first time, and I get it the second or third time, I feel pretty good ... unless the author was just being stupid.

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  4. Thanks, Erin! I read The Bridges of Madison County a long time ago. But I've never heard of Twenty Boy Summer. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Masquerade,
    Obviously, I have a hard time with tragedies too. And you're right, thank heavens there are all sorts of books out there. :)

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  6. Sometimes you can accidentally click the BLOCK THE COMMENTS (or something similar) box which is somewhere beneath the posting box when you write your story :) It's possible that you clicked that on your yesterday's post, just go back to it and try to unclick that :)

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    1. Thanks, Dezmond.I appreciate your insight.

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  7. I remember tossing a book aside after the author killed off the main character's husband. It felt unnecessary!
    Love your breathtaking photo:)

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    1. Coleen,
      That's why I threw that book down. It was totally unnecessary.

      I'm glad you liked the picture. Sunsets are definitely breathtaking.

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  8. Nice to meet you too on the challenge & thanks for your comment.
    I think such a moment was when I realised that Dumbledore was really dead!

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  9. The end of the Driver's Seat. I don't want to give it away, but yeah, that.

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    1. Libby,
      I've never hear of that book. I'll put it on my list. Thanks.

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  10. The last book I can remember taking my breath away was Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. She puts her characters, and readers, through the ringer, doesn't she. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

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    1. Sarah,
      Mockingjay is on my to-be-read pile. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Anita,
    That was a shock. I remember I had to read and re-read it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. That beautiful photo reminded me of last week's trip to the crane festival in Othello, Washington. At sunset, we saw thousands (yes, thousands) of birds coming in for the night, circling, squawking at each other, lifting up and then landing. It was breath-taking! I so agree with you about killing off main characters that your readers (and you) have invested in. It's not that we want to sidestep issues of loss and confronting death, but that we want to affirm life and hope. Thank you for a lovely post AND for visiting my A-Z. Beth

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    1. Beth,
      What a wonderful memory. And you're right. I think that was why I was so upset. I was hopeful all would work out and then the unthinkable happened. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. It may be strange, but there was a scene in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Francie is in school before Thanksgiving. The teacher offers a tiny pie and the class is too proud to take it, but Francie just can't stand it when the teacher starts to throw it away. So, she asks for it "for someone" and enjoys it on the way home.

    The next week, the teacher asked about it, and Francie told her that she'd given it to two little girls--twins who were starving. The doctor said it saved their lives. The teacher suggested that it was awfully small to save two little lives and Francie confessed.

    Breathaking moment= When the teacher says, "Tell what actually happened. Write what should have happened."

    I remember thinking, "Oh! OH!"

    I used to hate telling the truth. It was so wrong because it wasn't what "should have happened" but I had good parents who insisted on exact truth in everything. I was terrified to lie, but HATED the truth.

    That section was like stepping out of the ugliest hovel you could imagine and seeing a stunning sunset over the ocean or a magnificent forest or garden.

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    1. That's a great scene that shows wonderful imagination and also teaches a lesson. Thank you for sharing it. Sounds like our parents were cut from the same cloth. I'm so glad for the lessons mine taught me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. If I had read the book you are referring to I would have been heartbroken. I like my stories with happy endings.

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    1. Buffy,
      I'm in the "happy-ending" camp as well. But I should have realized something bad would happen because it was in the middle of the book. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I agree give me a happy ending or a nail biting one but don't ever kill off the hero, no fun

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    1. So glad I'm not alone on this. Thanks for your input.

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