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The Importance of Travelling to Creative Writing
Analyse the importance of travelling to experience other cultures on the creative writing process (either your own experience or an author you are familiar with).
This is a great read! I love how you included different types of smart heroines, such as Hermione (and it was book Hermione, not movie Hermione!) and Luna from Harry Potter. While different, both of them have just as much right to fit into that category.
As a reader, I’ve seen a lot of authors write smart heroines as unbelievably amazing and beautiful. This article would help a lot of them develop their characters into human beings, rather than unattainably perfect people.
I loved the points made in this article. It’s very relevant considering the amount of censorship in today’s society.
There’s a large difference between banning books that could emotionally scar a child for life and banning books that will teach them more about the world they live in. A book should not be banned because the topics are difficult to discuss; these are the books that should be brought into the light and talked about openly. For example, you mentioned that between 1990 and 2009 books were banned mostly for containing sex, offensive language and Satanism/occult, and most complaints against these books were from adults. I understand banning them from certain age groups, but banning them entirely is blocking off a whole range of knowledge for people to explore. Reading about these topics is not going to instantly turn a child into a sex starved, swearing cult leader.
Very well done! It’s common for people to take the arts as a joke, but as someone who loves to write and is studying a bachelor of arts, I completely agree that there is immense power in it.
In particular, I think societies today could learn something from dystopian literature – they’ve been given a variety of guides on what not to do.