Before other elements of the book, such as the setting, plot, and theme, the characters who inhabit the book will either infuse the work with life or drag it down to dull reading.Your book club may encounter many types of characters: you may have a round, flat, or stock character, or even a traditional protagonist.
The second is your opinions about the book and how successful it is.
There are some differences between reports on fiction or other imaginative writing and reports on non-fiction books.
The shared experience of reading a single book gives members a chance to discuss how it made them feel, what they might have changed, and, significantly, whether they believe that reading the book altered their own lives or perspectives in some way.
We try to provide as many as we can an in a timely manner on our "Discussion Questions" page, but most of the time discussion questions aren't even available for books until it comes out in paperback.
Doing so, and starting slowly, "will give you a jumping-off point to discuss what about the selection kept you turning the pages," she says, or what made the book difficult to get through.
These introductory questions can help you ease into the more detailed book discussion.
Whether you are discussing characters and their actions, setting, theme, or images, having a guide to questions that will lead to fruitful exchanges on your enjoyment — or lack thereof — of the book, plot, and even its moral implications can help make your discussion more productive and keep it on track.
Before you dive into the heavy plot points, character development, themes, or other weighty subjects, start off your book club discussion by finding out everyone's first impression of the book, advises Sadie Trombetta, via Bustle.
Just as importantly, a book's theme is the main idea that flows through the narrative and connects the components of the story.
Any imagery the author uses is sure to be connected to the characters, setting, and theme.