Reflections on Guernsey Literary Society and on-line relationships

04 Jun

j0435241I have one other thing to say about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

During our book club discussion, there was one point that split our group.  We were discussing Juliet (the main character)’s travel to Guernsey to meet people she’d only met through letters.

One member thought that it was either unrealistic or a sign of very bad judgment on part. 

Two of us had no problems with it, since we’d both formed friendships based on on-line communication, and traveled to meet people on that basis alone. (The remaining 3 either didn’t have strong opinions or didn’t want to get in our way 🙂 ).

I found it very interesting to see that small link between the letter writing of days past and our world of meeting people through e-mail lists, Twitter, Blogs and more.

I’m still new to the Book Blogging community, but I’m starting to make connections. I hope to get to know many others in the community– perhaps well enough to find a roommate for BEA next year that I’ve never met in person.

Thanks to all those that have welcomed me.


Posted by on June 4, 2009 in blogging, Book Club, books, M, Me


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3 responses to “Reflections on Guernsey Literary Society and on-line relationships

  1. booklogged

    June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am

    It seemed natural to me that she would want to meet these people she had been corresponding with, even more so because she was writing an article about them.

    Loved this book.

  2. Belle

    June 4, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    That’s an interesting observation, that link between letter writing and our own interactions these days online. I have dear friends in the offline world, but the online world is wonderful for meeting people with shared interests. About four years ago I met a group of wonderful women online because of a shared interest; since then, we’ve met in person twice, the group of us, and it was as if we’d known each other forever. And we did – not forever, but long enough to know each other well! And two of my best friends are online – we’ve talked to each other on the phone, emailed each other, sent each other gifts, but we haven’t met, yet!

  3. Sharon Spivack

    July 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I know so many people whom I’ve gotten to know even better via email exchanges over the years, and more recently, via FB and Twitter. For me, it makes sense that Juliet travels to Guernsey to meet these people. Sometimes the honesty with which we explain ourselves online is more true than that we can face in person, so I think we get to know those online connections better than some we see “in person” regularly.


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