Rabiya felt it was addictive as a story, and that sometimes all the action made her confused. Confusion was also mentioned by other people, along with being nervous about what might happen to the characters, for whom Beth mentioned caring in a heartfelt way.
Ellis, Katy, Cameron and Natalie talked about worry, anxiety and tension, along with anticipation as to what will happen next. Ellis also said sometimes the story was sad.
So… why do we enjoy a story that can make us feel so many emotions – not all of which are happy or positive?
And then people noticed that even a story like The Gruffalo isn’t all about happy themes either. It has danger and risk in it. In another young children’s book, The Rainbow Fish, someone said the fish has to solve a problem by giving away his scales. In Peppa Pig there is a problem when Peppa washes Daddy Pig’s white sports shirt and turns it pink. So in any story, it seems, there has to be some tension that the author suggests, and then explores.
- There is a short sentence, only a single word, which is very dramatic (‘Rue.’).
- The questions Katniss asks herself raise the tension (‘How long has she been here?’).
- By ending the chapter on a cliffhanger – we don’t know whether Rue is there to kill her.
- Because we don’t know what is going to happen next.
Join us again next time to see what else we find out.