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About Reading


      Reading is done for one of two general purposes:  information and pleasure.  If you are reading horror fiction, it should be for pleasure, as it gives you a chance to escape into a story that should give you goose bumps and raise the hairs on the back of your neck.   If you are reading horror fiction for information then it might be time to seek some professional help for your tenuous grip on reality.   My philosophy on reading is that not every book is everyone's cup of tea. If after the first few chapters of the book you aren't interested in the story then it might be time to put the book down and find another.  You shouldn't feel guilty about putting a book down or not finishing it.  It doesn't matter if that book is on the New York Times bestsellers list or if everyone you know raves about it and thinks it is the best thing on the planet.  Your taste in reading is personal.  If the book you have isn't interesting then put it down and find one that is.  People who stop reading often do so in their school years because they are made to read through books of little or no interest over which they are then tested.  The end result is that reading becomes a chore and something to avoid. Don't let school push you away from reading a book in which you might be interested. I hope you will find one on the lists of reviews on the site.


The Genre Readers Bill of Rights


The Genre Reader's Bill of Rights has been credited to being developed on a listserv by various authors(if anyone has more details about the specific authors please let me know.)  I donít know exactly where the Genre Readerís Bill of Rights originated. I know a version of the Bill was posted on LM_Net in 10/01/98 and that it contains some elements from Daniel Pennacís  Reader's Bill of Rights, which appeared in Better Than Life: Books. I know it has been around since at least 1995. I came across it during one of many web wanderings and thought it was fantastic and as the horror genre often doesnít get much respect in many circles that it was particularly applicable.


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