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Advanced: C1


I like to read dark books occasionally. I suppose we all have both good and bad sides, and the 'dark' books show us the bad sides which we all should read. The books will evolve teenagers from living in fairy tale stories, such as 'the snow and 7 short men', to staying in a practical world - a real lives. Through stories in the books the teenagers are likely to learn things happening in other families or other teenagers, so then they can know how to deal with their own troubles or at least they are not alone when know their situations are also somewhere on this earth. The positive effects are even better with adults because they have more knowledge and experiences than teenagers to judge, to learn and to practise efficiently things from the books' stories for their lives.
However, hmm, depending on the kind of books there should be a recommendation for 15+ age teenagers and frequency of reading. Reading too soon or reading too much could affect negatively to views of lives.

For me , i don't like dark book and horrible movies , because for me it look more dramatic and it is presenting ideas not exist on our live and its can bring fear to people in nothing . For example the clown who kidnapped children and no one know where he take them .

I don't like to read dark books.

Thank you very much! This lesson is exactly my level of English. And a very interesting one.


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Yes,I do like. The last dark book was THE NIGHT. The lowdown of the book is a story about the Holocaust it's written by a guy who had gone through this. I immersed myself in this story and need to say have begun to complain significantly less about difficulties with which I encounter in my life.