Questions about Discussion Questions?
These days, it seems you can’t open the back of a book without finding discussion questions. It’s no doubt book groups are a big trend, and us authors are often asked to create discussion questions along with our manuscripts. I had to whip up a batch just today (gosh, they sound like brownies when I put it like that, don’t they??)
I have mixed feelings about these questions. I have been in great conversations launched by discussion questions. I have been in arguments...ahem...heated discussions sparked by discussion questions. I have books where I never even glance at them.
Now, some of this variation may stem from the fact that it takes very little to get me started talking about books. I discuss books by nature; I don’t need a nudging list of inquiries. Just this morning a friend and I had a long conversation about books that touched us. But I spend a lot of time thinking about books. Probably more than your average person. Maybe not.
What about you? Do you utilize discussion questions? What do you think of such “added features”--especially in fiction works?
Oh, now, look at me--I just asked a “discussion question,” didn’t I?