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An interview about two books

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No, I don't read any dark book. I like to read romantic books and love stories. I also like to read biography. Because this makes me a positive person. In this time I don't read any book I prepare my graduation exam.

i like reading various kind of books especially 'dark' short stories but sometimes they make me feel depressed.

I don't usually read dark books because I'm very sensitive and I'm afraid of things such as blood and death. But I like reading books with sad endings. The last one I read was a dramatic romance called "Call Me By Your Name". I finished yesterday.

Nope, because I've never read a "dark book" before and I don't know if it would be as good as a movie because you know, the special effects are amazing nowadays. But I am quite interested in reading this type of text. In fact, I just started reading "Anne Frank, a Girl's Diary", but I'm not sure if it could be considered "dark".

First of all, I would like to admit, I'm a bookworm. I like reading, I read a lot and reading is my best way to relax.
I read different kinds of books: some of them are 'light' but some are 'dark'. I think I agree with Helen here - we all want to have a happy family but that doesn't mean we aren't ready to immerse oneself in the unhappy ones. I guess, everyone wants to know what's happening beyond our level. And, of course, I'm sure we need to know about this side of life to not turn out our in it.
Another point is - how these 'dark' books about someone's horrible life can help the reader to cope with his own hidden secrets, worries and fears. Maybe, if you allow to pass through yourself the character's bad life, you can let go your own troubles.

As far as I understood 'dark' book means sad story books?! I have never read two books, which were mentioned in this poadcast. However after listening about the plot of the stories I really want to read them! I am not a huge fan of such genre of books, but I read one of them called 'The catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger. I really like the character of this book and I was fascinated by his way of thinking, even though he was just a teenager.

Yes, I like to read dark books all those freaky stories get my attention. The last dark book that I read was veronica decide morir. I am looking for an English book to put on practice my reading skills, I was reading Alice in Wonderland. I have just read the first two pages and it is a lot different to read for example comments or this text like how there is here in this page in comparison with a book.

Hello everybody!
Who can help me with the sentence:
"Now there's a family who have a problem!" - why there is "have" form of verb? As I think the presenter is saying about 1 family, isn't it?

Hello Vadim_SPb,

When the subject of a verb refers to a group of people, in British English it is very common to use a plural verb form, even though the subject is singular in form. There is nothing wrong with saying 'has' here, and in fact that is the only correct form in American English.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
Thanks a lot for your help.
Best Wishes,