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Sunday, March 1, 2009

March: How far would you go to save someone?

So after a writing retreat this past weekend, ideas were hopping like the divas were in a bingo ball hopper. I'm serious.

A massive new idea formed, and we are zooming through a test run. I'll give you the overview now, and then be sure to let us know your thoughts, rgz!

Here's the dealie-do:

* We are going to load discussion questions in this BLOG! *do a little dance*
* You can drop your comments here or in our FACEBOOK NOTES!
* We are going to TWITTER related topics to jive the exchange even more. Catch those and comment on Twitter or our rgz divas' Facebook.

What do you think?

So here's your first discussion question for Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox:

On the cover of The Adoration of Jenna Fox is the question, "How far would you go to save someone you love?" Did Jenna's parents go too far? How far would you go?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

readergirlz, rgz, Lorie Ann Grover


Marie said...

i'm not on twitter :(

Erin said...

Well...I don't know what it's like to be a parent, and I have a feeling I would have very specific thoughts on this if I was. But I think, if given the option, I would do what Jenna's parents did - as an act of desperation.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Marie, our Twitter feeds into our Facebook. You won't miss a thing! Do you have a Facebook? Also, you can just participate right here!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Totally fair answer, Miss Erin! I, too, think I would be that selfish.

Stephanie Denise Brown said...

I loved this novel. I passed the book along to my mother after I finished reading it. She and I debated over 10%/butterfly portion. To my surprise, she thought what the parents did was absolutely wrong.

As for me, I would do whatever I could because I'd like to believe that my loved ones are never truly gone until there's nothing left of them.

Also, when I think of my answer, I think of it being tied to the question: how far should we go in technology?

I say we go as far as we can. Though some cases are debatable (such as Jenna's in the novel), it did help save the life of Allys.

Such a tough question! :)

lanna-lovely said...

Well, I haven't read the book yet so I don't know what her parents did... but I don't think there is much I wouldn't do for someone I love as long as whatever it was I was doing was my sacrifice... if that makes sense? Like, I don't think I could do something that would hurt or risk someone elses life in any way but I'd definitely go as far as risking --or sacrificing-- my own life for someone I love.

This reminds me of a Jodi Picoult quote that I love:

"What would you do for someone you love? Would you lie, cheat, steal? Break the law and call it justice? Would you say yes? Scream no? Would you kill? Would you give up your own life? Would you move mountains, swallow fire, keep a promise? Would you change the world? Would you change yourself? What would you do for someone you love?"

So anyway, like Erin, I don't know what it's like to be a parent but when my niece and nephew were born... honestly, I've never felt so much love and protectiveness over someone in my whole life as I did for them, and I imagine with my own child that feeling would be much, much greater so I can definitely understand the length a parent would go for their child -- but I won't know if I think Jenna's parents went too far until I read the book, which I plan to do soon. :]

Erin said...

I don't know if what Jenna's parents did was right or wrong. I have no answer to that. I just know what I would do, in that situation. And I think, lanna-lovely, that quote you shared is amazing. REALLY makes you think...

Shelf Elf said...

I think I would do what Jenna's parents did to save someone I love, even with the risks and the ethical complications and the unanswered questions. I don't think I would be able to let go as easily if I knew there might be another way. (Cryptic enough for those who haven't read it?) :)

Little Willow said...

I don't have any children - and I never will - but when my cats were ill, I did everything I possibly could to make them healthy, then make them comfortable. Losing them was incredibly hard and sad. Each was a different illness and a different situation. I miss them. But would I copy or clone them? That's impossible. They wouldn't be the same. And it wouldn't be fair to make that choice for them.

Dia Calhoun said...

I think you must consider whether what you are doing to save the person is in their best interest or yours. Like Little Willow, I had cats on hospice. At the end, I realized I was keeping Pal alive for me, because his quality of life was so poor. That's when I knew it was time to let him go.

Little Willow, if you could have saved your cats, but they would have been only 10 percent of their originial self, as Jenna was, would you have done it? 10 percent doesn't seem like much--but it did work for Jenna, though she was something different from what she was before. These are all fascinating questions.

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Lorie Ann Grover said...

Isn't it a heartbreak just to consider it?

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