If someone told you that this story was based on true events, would you believe them? Why or why not?
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|“The Summoning,” is about Chloe, a girl sent to The Lyle House, after seeing a creepy janitor that no one else could see, at school. Chloe hears voices, and sees things. Although a small part of me believes in the paranormal and an afterlife, I highly doubt I would believe someone if they told me this book was based on true events. I wouldn’t believe them because even though there are many stories about seeing things (ghosts, spirits, etc), there are just as many logical reasons to explain that. Chloe was told she has schizophrenia ( defined as: severe psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, and withdrawal into the self) which is a good reason of why she is seeing and hearing things. When Chloe hears the voices whispering to her in Lyle House, she believes it is a ghost. It simply could be explained as Chloe’s schizophrenia causing her to mind to make her think there is, indeed, a ghost/ spirit. Hearing things/ seeing things could be due to paranoia and being delusional think whether or not I’d believe that “The Summoning,” was based on true events depends on the person. If a peer told me I wouldn’t believe them because how would they know? They are not the author, they have no proof. If the author said it, however, I might find it a tad more believable (though I would ask that she sees a therapist once a week for the sheer craziness of that idea) Therefore, unless Kelley Armstrong (the author) told me herself that this was based on true events (and she’d have to have amazing proof to convince me that that is the case), I would not believe that “The Summoning” is based on true, real life, events.|
Posted by: Pam at 2/22/2011 6:23 PM
|If somebody had told me, “The Summoning” was based on true events, I would not believe them. Perhaps if they told me certain settings existed in reality, such as the Lyle House or the art school, then I would believe them. “The Summoning” is modern fantasy, and therefore, the settings could be very well true. Lyle House is a group home for perceived mad teenagers, and we see many group homes in our own world. The art school, which the protagonist is in, is composed of realistic elements of a typical school today: students, projects, various clubs, etc. However, if somebody told me the events were real or based on a true story, I would not believe them. Chloe, the main character, is diagnosed what the doctors believe is schizophrenia because she sees ghosts. Because we know this is a fantasy novel, the readers are sure that she sees ghosts and is not crazy. If somebody told me that this was real, that a girl in our world did have the ability to see spirits and that everything else was true, I would highly doubt them. This is a supernatural ability, and we know such things in our world do not exist, or are not reported. However, if somebody said that the author based her story on a group home but twisted the events to make it more interesting then I would believe them.|
Posted by: Pam at 2/22/2011 7:50 PM