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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-11 09:37 PM
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Poll question: Who helped you develop your love of fiction?
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Nobody is born reading or wanting to read. And there are plenty of smart, well-educated people who almost never read for enjoyment.

But if you are on this forum, you like written, long-form fiction. That makes you a rarity in today's world.

I'm just curious...how? Positive influences come from everywhere.

For me, it was a combination of growing up in a literate family, where books and ideas were talked about as much as sports. And MOST IMPORTANT...

My 4th-grade teacher, Miss Aldridge (and yes, I had a huge boy-crush on her) thought I might be ready for "The Hobbit" OMG OMG OMG! I was staying up reading under the covers by flashlight.

I was hooked. That same year she introduced me to H.G.Wells, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov. (not well rounded, I know, but not one of her recs that I don't still appreciate) and she would talk to me about plots and characters and themes, what I liked and what I didn't...she gave me a private course in lit-appreciation at twelve that has lasted me over 40 years.

Miss Aldridge, there is a very special place in heaven for teachers like you.

OK, YOUR TURN...

Poll result (40 votes)
Parent/relative (19 votes, 48%)Vote
Teacher (11 votes, 28%)Vote
Librarian (1 votes, 3%)Vote
Friend (2 votes, 5%)Vote
Other (7 votes, 18%)Vote

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  -Who helped you develop your love of fiction? Rabblevox  Oct-30-11 09:37 PM   #0 
  - The 6th Grade teacher who read us The Hobbit. She was an awesome storyteller.  kestrel91316   Oct-30-11 09:44 PM   #1 
  - Mom gave me Black Beauty when I was 8 and I've been hooked ever since  Rowdyboy   Oct-30-11 09:47 PM   #2 
  - My mother and my grade school library/reading teacher, Miss Garrity were both influential to me.  appleannie1   Oct-30-11 09:54 PM   #3 
  - As soon as I was taught to read anything, which was "Dick and Jane"  northoftheborder   Oct-30-11 10:08 PM   #4 
  - My grandmother read to me a lot, from  LuvNewcastle   Oct-30-11 10:19 PM   #5 
  - I'm not entirely sure I can answer that directly.  SheilaT   Oct-30-11 10:53 PM   #6 
  - My mother read to us once in a while but a teacher was the one  jwirr   Oct-30-11 11:01 PM   #7 
  - Had a lot to do  Old Codger   Oct-30-11 11:05 PM   #8 
  - I had two or three teachers that steered me to reading  tech5270   Oct-30-11 11:31 PM   #9 
  - Mom, I suppose.  mvccd1000   Oct-31-11 12:02 AM   #10 
  - No one that I can remember. I just started reading and I took off from  Nay   Oct-31-11 05:56 AM   #11 
  - I think I am the same way  DisgustipatedinCA   Oct-31-11 07:32 PM   #13 
  - Same here. But I developed a love of science fiction when I was a teen.  RebelOne   Nov-01-11 02:22 PM   #14 
  - For some reason, my mother did not want to spend  TNDemo   Oct-31-11 08:23 AM   #12 
  - When I was a kid, you didn't learn to read in kindergarten, but I was sick most of that year,  Lydia Leftcoast   Nov-01-11 11:31 PM   #15 
  - Circumstances played a big part  Mz Pip   Nov-06-11 02:25 PM   #16 
  - a combination of influences---  JitterbugPerfume   Nov-06-11 04:49 PM   #17 
  - A teacher,...  Moe Shinola   Nov-07-11 08:37 PM   #18 
  - my mom  pitohui   Nov-08-11 08:01 PM   #19 
  - My mom, who has a lifelong passion for stories.  LWolf   Nov-10-11 07:27 AM   #20 
 

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