What is your opinion of romance with a ghost?

Discuss the October 2016 Book of the Month, Unspeakable Acts by Janet Leigh Green.
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What is your opinion of romance with a ghost?

Post by anneloretrujillo » 02 Oct 2016, 10:14

To be honest, I thought it was really weird at first. I actually wasn't going to read the book because of it. I've given it a second chance, and I have to admit that it is a really unique idea. What are your opinions?

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 02 Oct 2016, 10:33

anneloretrujillo wrote:To be honest, I thought it was really weird at first. I actually wasn't going to read the book because of it. I've given it a second chance, and I have to admit that it is a really unique idea. What are your opinions?
Believe it or not, this was odd for me too. I told my husband on several occasions while writing this book, "I need to go say a prayer now!" I don't know where some of the stuff came from, it just flowed out of me. I hope it all came together for all of the readers in the end. I'm glad you gave the book a chance!

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 02 Oct 2016, 11:00

I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 02 Oct 2016, 11:07

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
Thank you! Yes this is exactly what I wanted it to be, not a romance, but a possession. I almost called the book Possession, but it was so much more than that so it evolved. Then the whole Supernatural influence took over. Ha!

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 02 Oct 2016, 11:22

I think Unspeakable Acts is much better suited than Possession...so many books and movies could be called that because they all rotate more around actual possession. This book was on a whole different level than that. It did remind me of a movie I had seen though, and I can't remember for the life of me what it is.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 02 Oct 2016, 12:47

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I think Unspeakable Acts is much better suited than Possession...so many books and movies could be called that because they all rotate more around actual possession. This book was on a whole different level than that. It did remind me of a movie I had seen though, and I can't remember for the life of me what it is.
Maybe The Entity? That movie had somethingl ike that in it.

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Post by gali » 02 Oct 2016, 12:52

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
I agree with all your points. I thought it was odd, but it fit the story well. It sure wasn't a romance as it was one-sided and a possession at that.

-- October 2nd, 2016, 8:53 pm --

I also think "Unspeakable Acts" is much better suited than Possession, and I like the title.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 02 Oct 2016, 12:57

Janetleighgreen wrote:
TrishaAnn92 wrote:I think Unspeakable Acts is much better suited than Possession...so many books and movies could be called that because they all rotate more around actual possession. This book was on a whole different level than that. It did remind me of a movie I had seen though, and I can't remember for the life of me what it is.
Maybe The Entity? That movie had somethingl ike that in it.
No, I haven't seen that one. It had something to do with an Asylum and a fire, I think. I will have to try and do some research to see if I can find it! I'm on a mission now!
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Post by anneloretrujillo » 02 Oct 2016, 16:02

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
You are right. You can't really call it romance. I didn't really think about that before you said it. I had seen it described as romance somewhere, and that's what I kept thinking while I was reading. But it really is more of a possession than a romance.

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Post by klbradley » 03 Oct 2016, 08:09

I agree with you all that it was strange, but I have to admit-- it had me intrigued from the beginning!
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Post by Sarah_Khan » 04 Oct 2016, 14:56

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
I agree with everything you said. :) Whether you would call it a romance or a possession, the theme was definitely something I have never read before.

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Post by hsimone » 06 Oct 2016, 05:33

gali wrote:
TrishaAnn92 wrote:I thought it was strange but could you really call it romance with a ghost? I mean, it was more like the ghost taking her over making her want things while the ghost was doing it, leaving her feeling ashamed and disgusted afterwards.

It plays into the whole horror story/ghost theme that are in any of the horror/ghost movies out there (not in the sense of a ghost having intimate moments with a person but same profile).

I didn't mind the "scenes", it gave the book a unique edge that you don't see in many other books.
I agree with all your points. I thought it was odd, but it fit the story well. It sure wasn't a romance as it was one-sided and a possession at that.

-- October 2nd, 2016, 8:53 pm --

I also think "Unspeakable Acts" is much better suited than Possession, and I like the title.
I also agree with everything being said here. It was definitely more of a possession by a twisted ghost. I also agree that it added to the horror aspect of the book. Pretty twisted, but definitely unique!
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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 06 Oct 2016, 09:18

I do not believe in ghosts. Even if they exist I don't think they have feelings. And aren't ghosts just energy or something and you can stick a hand through them? How will you romance them then?
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Post by Ashley 1820 » 06 Oct 2016, 09:26

hmm....it's really odd.

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Post by zero_macabre » 06 Oct 2016, 10:02

The thought of it is pretty intriguing. I don't know how it will work, given the fact that you can't do romantic things that most normal, ordinary couples do, but it is still does sound interesting.

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