Old Town of Raven's Peak

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Re: Old Town of Raven's Peak

Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 05 Apr 2017, 16:54

kandscreeley wrote:You stumble across an old abandoned city in the woods. It's not a tourist destination. No one is around. It's clear that no one takes care of it, and no one visits. Do you explore as did Bret? Do you run away? Do you think it's realistic to think a boy of Bret's age would have continued on after finding such a location?
I think that a boy of Bret's age would indeed explore this find and consider it a grand adventure! I, myself, would look around. Curiosity is a natural drive that all of us have, but I think it is at its strongest in childhood. Children are more open to new things and lack the prior knowledge and experiences that might make an adult think twice before taking the risks inherent in this type of exploration.

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Post by Dh_ » 05 Apr 2017, 18:34

Zachary92 wrote:I would jet the heck out of there!
So would I! I am not brave. I think it is possible for a boy to want to explore, though.
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Post by Aldonsa » 05 Apr 2017, 22:52

James Craft wrote: Haha, I would take a friend! A camera isn't going to be good company! I've seen scary movies!
Yes, it is much more interesting to exploring mysterious places with a friend!
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Post by Vermont Reviews » 06 Apr 2017, 01:21

Kids often seem to be unafraid.
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Post by Lest92 » 06 Apr 2017, 06:46

I would have stayed in the streets but would not have gone into any buildings because of possible squatters and the uncanny vibes. But apart from that, an abandoned town sounds like just the thing to explore with a camera in hand.

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Post by James Craft » 06 Apr 2017, 07:19

Vermont Reviews wrote:Kids often seem to be unafraid.
Yeah, children often don't seem to be afraid of things they should be, and are afraid of things they shouldn't be.
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Post by Amagine » 07 Apr 2017, 07:52

micoleon13 wrote:I would have run away as fast as possible! But they chose a good character with Bret, bored and curious enough to be a little bit more adventurous
I agree. It's always the adventurous and curious types who do things most people won't do. That's what makes them great characters in fiction and real life.
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Post by James Craft » 07 Apr 2017, 09:36

Amagine wrote:
micoleon13 wrote:I would have run away as fast as possible! But they chose a good character with Bret, bored and curious enough to be a little bit more adventurous
I agree. It's always the adventurous and curious types who do things most people won't do. That's what makes them great characters in fiction and real life.
Definitely in real life, too, but sometimes it doesn't go well. Paul Walker. Also, the Crocodile Hunter. Sometimes running headlong into danger isn't the best plan!
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Post by Kitkat3 » 08 Apr 2017, 01:25

Aldonsa wrote:Exactly so! A boy at Bret's age would gladly explore a small abandoned town if he came across it. There can be so many interesting things! :P Of course I'm speaking about an average boy, not about a timid one with no interest in adventures.

As for adults... It depends on personality. If I find an abandoned town near my camping, I dash to it with a camera in hands. Unfortunately it is almost impossible. At first I should change my camping location. Furthermore I don't believe in demons :roll2:
I agree most boys Bret's age would explore. I think my younger self might have just because my curiosity would have gotten the better of me. I most certainly would not now though. I'm much more cautious now, and I wouldn't want to run into someone that wanted to cause me harm.

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Post by Gingerbo0ks » 08 Apr 2017, 09:02

Kids can be curious and I'm not surprised Brett wanted to look around, he is brave for actually going into the buildings though. If it was me, I'd be going back to get my friends and a camera.
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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Apr 2017, 09:09

Amagine wrote:
micoleon13 wrote:I would have run away as fast as possible! But they chose a good character with Bret, bored and curious enough to be a little bit more adventurous
I agree. It's always the adventurous and curious types who do things most people won't do. That's what makes them great characters in fiction and real life.
True. I think that's why fiction is so popular. We can do things through characters that we wouldn't do in real life.
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Post by hsimone » 09 Apr 2017, 15:59

kandscreeley wrote:
Amagine wrote:
micoleon13 wrote:I would have run away as fast as possible! But they chose a good character with Bret, bored and curious enough to be a little bit more adventurous
I agree. It's always the adventurous and curious types who do things most people won't do. That's what makes them great characters in fiction and real life.
True. I think that's why fiction is so popular. We can do things through characters that we wouldn't do in real life.
This is one of the reasons why I love fiction - having all these insane dangerous adventures that I could never do in real life. My sense of adventure is visiting a new city or country with my husband, not exploring a creepy ghost town by myself!
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Apr 2017, 16:33

hsimone wrote:
kandscreeley wrote:
Amagine wrote:
I agree. It's always the adventurous and curious types who do things most people won't do. That's what makes them great characters in fiction and real life.
True. I think that's why fiction is so popular. We can do things through characters that we wouldn't do in real life.

This is one of the reasons why I love fiction - having all these insane dangerous adventures that I could never do in real life. My sense of adventure is visiting a new city or country with my husband, not exploring a creepy ghost town by myself!
Absolutely. I love living vicariously through book characters.

I went to a town in Jamaica once. I felt very unsafe. That's about as adventurous as I get. Ha.
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Post by csuigar » 11 Apr 2017, 20:06

Old abandoned mining town. Somehow this had me thinking Silent Hill the movie. The way the author portrayed it made it seem eerie and creepy. Call me a coward but nope I was not going exploring, not going to check out shafts, not going to compare the architecture, and not going to see if someone stumbled across it. I was staying back at the cabin with Brett's mom.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Apr 2017, 07:39

csuigar wrote:Old abandoned mining town. Somehow this had me thinking Silent Hill the movie. The way the author portrayed it made it seem eerie and creepy. Call me a coward but nope I was not going exploring, not going to check out shafts, not going to compare the architecture, and not going to see if someone stumbled across it. I was staying back at the cabin with Brett's mom.
Yeah. It does sound like one of those really bad horror movies. The ones where you know the character shouldn't go in, but they do anyway!
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