Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays - Week 3

Waterfall Wednesdays - A Read-Along Event 
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren 
Discussion 3 - Chapters 12-17 
Today's questions hosted by Edgy Inspirational Romance 

Discussion Questions 

In Siena, on her way to the ball at Palazzo Pubblico, Gabi likened her experience to being on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the goal being "to see and be seen." If you were a peasant, watching from the crowd, what would you be thinking as this procession passed by?

I'd probably be a little(or a lot!) jealous of all the girls wearing the beautiful dresses and being escorted by the good looking guys. I don't know what I'd be thinking. Maybe just fantasizing about how awesome it'd be trading places with them for a day.

Though quite nervous about dancing at the ball, Gabi discovers a strange feeling of connection to the time, the people, and the society through the unified beauty of the dance. Have you ever been in a position where you felt out of your element, but, in one, pinpointed moment, became a part of or connected to something bigger than your fear?

As of right now, I can't think of a time when I felt that way. I'm sure at some point I have experienced a moment like that though! I'll come back to this question later =D

The kiss. Oh, the kiss. When Marcello finally kisses Gabi, he believes the experience to be proof that they are meant to be together. What did you think about his assumption? Were you surprised at Gabi's reaction to it? Have you ever experienced a kiss that seemed to be prophetic in a similar (or opposite!) way?

This was one of the moments I was waiting for and I loved it!

I've actually never been kissed =D I know the time will come for me to have my first kiss, but I'm just hoping it's not ruined by a burp, fart, sneeze or any other possible bodily noise. Ugh! That would be bad.

Many go through their teen years with a subdued sense of immortality. Do you think Gabi has a sense of this teen feeling? And did you think Gabi's converse observation, "Sometimes death came hunting and there was no way to cut it off at the pass." was informed more by the experience of losing her father, her self-admitted closet hypochondria, or the forced maturation of being transported to a different time? How does this observation show Gabi's growth as a character?

Maybe Gabi did think that way at first... but I'm sure that attitude was thrown out the window after she saw all those men die brutal deaths. After she did seem to be aware of what could happen to her each time she was in the middle of another battle. She also knew that in order to save her sister she'd have to be willing to do it at whatever cost.

In the span of a few moments, Gabi goes from sword-wielding teen beauty to man-killing warrior. Did you think her realization of the finality of death -- and her justification for its necessity -- was realistic? And, in her slippers, could you have done the same? 

I think anyone's reaction to killing a man for the first time would be the same as Gabi's. I probably wouldn't be able to fight with a sword as good as she did. I know I would be the one that would try to stay hidden behind a tree and let the strong, hunky men fight off the bad guys.

But then again, there's no way to know how I  might react. When your adrenaline's pumping and someone you care about is at risk of being killed, fear would probably be the last thing I'd be thinking about or giving in to.

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  1. haha! Yes, that would be bad to have your first kiss interrupted by a "burp, fart, sneeze or other bodily noise" That made me snort laughter!

  2. I want a beautiful dress like Gabis....hmmm maybe I can sew one up and wear it for Halloween and make my hubbers wear tights and pretend to be Marcello....LOL!!!

  3. hehe, Yeah - also waiting on the first kiss, and you make a wonderful point: Here's to first kisses without strange body noises! ;o)

  4. I hope your first kiss is just as magical as Gabi and Marcello's first kiss.

    Mine on the otherhand wasn't magical at all...I guess it was one of my many frogs on the way to my prince (who is still missing)

  5. Great answers! I'm hoping that when a man WORTHY of you comes around, that your kiss is tender and sweet as well as powerful...and that nothing else, er, intrudes upon the moment.

    Love your answers! Thanks so much for taking part in WW!

  6. Good gravy I hope nothing like that happens when you have your first kiss! Please try not to worry about that! I don't know anyone that has happened to so I don't think it's something you should worry about!

    I, too, would be jealous but also dying to get a glimpse of all the beautiful hairstyles and dresses and jewelry.

    Tough questions, hunh?

  7. great to read your responses!
    you're too funny about the kiss =)


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