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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – The Turning Point

I ” am drinking fresh brewed coffee with cream paired with a delicious everything bagel with cream cheese.

What are you treating yourself to this Friday?

I read so many books now. I have found a pattern I find fascinating. I call it the turning point. It’s that point I get in a book where it’s no longer just another book I’m reading but I am all in for that particular story. I wait for this moment I anticipate it.

I am sorry to say that it takes me longer to get to this point in some books then others. Sometimes it doesn’t happen until 25% into the book. By then, I am strongly considering putting it down. Then that magical moment happens and I can’t put it down. It makes the other 20% to get there worth it.

Maybe it takes a long time for me to get hooked into a story because I read so much. Not much is surprising. Yet somehow most books have that turning point. The point where it’s magic.

What is the turning point for you in a book?

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  • sjhigbee August 14, 2016, 5:43 pm

    This is really perspective of you to pick this stage of a book out and feature it as it is crucial. Speaking with my author/writing tutor hat on – that ‘turning point’ is a specific part of the classic story structure. Normally the opening pages have a bonding moment to grab your attention and make you care for the protagonist, then the initial action to establish what the problem is/or establish normality before it all goes to hell in a handcart. And then that turning point. And it is supposed to turn up somewhere between 20%-25% in the plot. That’s the classic structure. Which is your favourite turning point? One of my favourites is in ‘Me Before You’ when Lou learns that Will wants to end his life in a matter of months.
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    • Jessica August 14, 2016, 9:18 pm

      My most recent favorite turning point was in the Cinderella Theorem. First, it was because of ongoing plot twists, then it was a change in the character that made me like her when I really wasn’t liking her before. The first one was at 25% the second was at 50% I’ve never experienced a double turning point before I was a little impressed!

  • Wendy August 14, 2016, 7:43 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes I’m reading along, thinking, yeah, this is okay, then something happens that makes me become much more invested. It’s not always a plot twist, either–it could be a scene that lets me really connect to the characters, or a fascinating question that comes up.

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    • Jessica August 14, 2016, 9:14 pm

      Yeah I agree with you it could be any number of things. I read one recently where there was one point I connected with the plot and then later I connected more with the character. So that book was two turning points made for an interesting dynamic.

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