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  1. well, sadly, true. But I'll finish it soon enough NP speaks fluent French
  2. Oh I completely agree with you. Not some, but many of the books on my shelves are crap from a literary standpoint. Trust me when I admit this, my mother points that out to me every time I come home with "another useless book with no depth and all the hoo-hah of sorcery and unbelievable clichés." But I like pulp fiction, it passes the time well and I personally am not a huge fan of books that always make you think of things and the millions of things they can or cannot mean. About Eragon, yeah there are times when I feel like a particular event in his journey to wherever the book is taking him
  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray definitely. Favorite author Oscar Wilde. Anything by Wilde. I just about worship Wilde and some other amazing books in my opinion: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Love in the Time of Cholera, Without Dogma (by Henryk Sienkiewicz), Notre-Dame of Paris, The Count of Monte Cristo My favorite genre would probably be simply put fiction, though I particularly enjoy magical realism, if it could be called a sub-genre
  4. Wow, just... Wow! This is such a brilliant topic! Yes, you should definitely do it! I am doing my EE in English lit too (but A2 not A1), and I really had a huge problem with choosing an original topic that would not be cliche or banal. And I really think that finding links between Twilight (which is considered rather bad literature) and Pride and Prejudice (which is a classing) shows a lot of creativity and open-mindness, which I would expect to be valued by the IB. It's a really interesting, good topic, I love it, I would definitely do it if I were you! Good luck!!!
  5. The official ToK definition, that is supposed to be in all essays, presentations, etc. is "a justified, true belief", so pretty much what Plato said. I never really questioned it, I guess it's good enough. Though I'd probably specify it even more to "a justified, true belief that can be shared by means of language". We had a discussion about it, and apparently it is possible to "know" something and not be able to share it, but in my opinion that's not real knowledge.
  6. hahaha, nice to find out that some of my 'weird' habits are actually quite common among IB students. when studying I have to: > have coffee or chewing gum (nothing else will pass) > walk around the room or lie on the bed (occasionally sit on the floor too, but I can never really work well at my desk) > complete silence welcome, though I also often talk to myself > fresh air (open window) > if I have to learn something by heart, not really 'understand' it (like vocab, dates, poems, quotes, speeches, and so on) it helps me when someone else is reading it out loud, because then I
  7. Very many. If I were forced to chose, I'd be really hesitating between Perfume: Story of a Murderer and The Picture of Dorian Gray, because those are the two books that amazed me the most so far. But there are many more, like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Dance, Dance, Dance, The Count of Monte Cristo or Notre-Dame of Paris.
  8. Brave New World and Lord of the Flies. And I'm not saying that the books themselves are bad, because I admit their value as classics, but they didn't please my personal taste and I hated the way the teacher tried to force me to admire them. If I could just read it and leave it - fine, I have nothing against them. But listening to how amazing they are, while I felt sick reading them was quite torturous.
  9. both really, but I guess The Beatles are more catchy cars or motorcycles?
  10. Granted, but then you'd float into space and when gravity came back you'd crash into the ground. I wish weekends were longer.
  11. I agree, Classics are called Classics for a reason, but still, some are really tough to get through. It all depends on the reader. Some of my personal favorites include: - Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid (epic poems), as well as Dante's Divine Comedy (best part is of course Inferno) - Catch-22 - maybe not a "classics", but it's definitely high-ranking in my opinion - Anything by Oscar Wilde, especially The Picture of Dorian Gray. Master of English language, and I like his philosophy. - Notre-Dame of Paris by Victor Hugo, maybe also not strictly a classic, but definitely worth knowing - One Hundred Y
  12. Granted, but the taste of it is horrible. I wish my favorite writer (Oscar Wilde) was still alive so that I could talk to him.
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