11 Discussion Ideas For Book Bloggers

Hello to my fellow book bloggers,

One thing the blogging community does really well is discussions. Through creating an article, there is plenty of time to explore thoughts and have conversations with each other. I love it.

I have done a few discussions now, and whilst they can take me a while to do, I find them very rewarding. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with ideas, so I thought I would share a few discussions that I would simply love to read. Yes, this is selfish gain. Nonetheless, it could be helpful to some bloggers, and I no longer have to keep that scrap of paper I scribbled these ideas on.

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SOME OF MY TIPS ON WRITING DISCUSSIONS

  1. Pick a title with a lot of personality. It will lure people in. Easy ways to do this are either a question or through humour.
  2. Headings. Overuse them, if anything. Having questions as headings is useful, but having answers as headings is a must too. Your points make the post uniquely yours, and you should flaunt that.
  3. Have a bit of media to break up the text, e.g. covers, gifs, graphics
  4. Show your stance, but don’t be one-sided. Remember that it is not about bashing the other side but showing yours.

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Discussion Ideas

personal preferences

WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

Perhaps this discussion sounds simple but it’s a little overlooked too. How often do you consider why you love your favourite genre past a fleeting thought. Delve into the topic more. It could even be a great post to get other bloggers involved with.

intro: What is your favourite genre? Examples of books you loved.

main question: Why do you love [insert fave genre]?

things to consider: what are the typical fundamental attributes of your favourite genre? What things draw your attention to their books, i.e. romance, action, family? What themes do you like to be explored? Why does your favourite genre showcase these themes well?

🍄 Why I Love Fantasy (And Not Just That Dragons Are Cool)

UNPICK CERTAIN CHARACTER ARCHETYPES

One of my favourite discussion topics and a very open one, making it hard to explain. It is a specific kind of post. You have to pick a type of character that you have a lot to say about… Analyse the things you like, the themes explored, and the strengths and weaknesses typical of these characters. Go wild, and examples are always a hit. Include personal stances here, as there has to be a reason you picked this character type to discuss.

examples:

YOUR TURN-OFFS IN BOOKS

The anti-tropes. We all have individual things we dread appearing in books, from tiny to big things. Occasionally you may like them, but overall they are turn-offs. List them and explain why they get a big no from you. Any examples? Any exceptions?

I would simply split the post into three categories…

  1. specific things you hate in books
  2. tropes you used to love but now hate
  3. genres you avoid

SHOULD AUTHORS HAVE FAVOURITE CHARACTERS?

You probably can’t control someone else’s thoughts and actions, but for a discussion’s sake, what influence should the author’s favouritism have on their books…

intro: it is natural for authors to have favourites, but what does it mean for the book.

main question: What does it mean when the author has a favourite character in their own books?

things to consider: Can you think of an example where you could see an author’s favouritism for a specific character? How did this influence the book? Did it make you feel different toward said character? How does it affect the writing (do they get more page time, does the character lose less, are their flaws glossed over more)? Is it a benefit or restriction?

conclusion: You decide, should authors have a favourite character? Yes or no.

themes

BEAUTY EXPECTATIONS IN BOOKS

This is quite a complex discussion, but here is how I would initially approach it.

intro: What are the common beauty expectations in modern-day society?

main question: How do beauty expectations influence books?

things to consider: How do books feed into these beauty expectations? Is this good or bad? How do books compare to other media forms in terms of beauty standards? To what extent are books free of them? How do you think the rise of fanart and illustrative covers has affected this? How does all of this make readers feel (any specific examples)?

conclusion: your personal feelings on the topic

HOW MISTAKES SHOULD BE HANDLED

intro: Mistakes are a part of a character’s journey

main question: How should mistakes be handled?

things to consider: Should books provide a guide on what to do when you make mistakes? How important to you is it that characters get comeuppance? Do your feelings towards this depend on the age group? Are mistakes more satisfactory when done by the main character or side characters? If mistakes are left unjustly unresolved, do you feel this showcases the behaviour as acceptable or the lack of justice? Any examples?

conclusion: Which side to lean more towards? Should books be good examples of handling mistakes or messy examples?

ARE BOOKS SUPPOSED TO HAVE POSITIVE MESSAGES?

intro: People love a positive message, but is it a necessity?

part one: talk about books with positive messages

things to consider: What books have you read with positive messages? What messages were your favourites (examples)? How did this make you feel? Should books/authors feel a responsibility to send a favourable message to audiences (does your answer vary among different age groups)? Why/why not?

part two: talk about books that don’t have positive messages (at least not obviously)

things to consider: Have you read any books without any positive messages? Look at famous tragedies. Whilst sad, did they still maintain a good lesson/theme? Does sadness actually enhance positive messages through contrast and emotion? Would you enjoy books without positive messages/themes? Do you think it is human nature to find the good even in tragic/negative stories?

conclusion: Answer the question… should books have positive messages? Yes or no.

CAN A BOOK BE FREE FROM ALL CLICHéS?

intro: What are clichés? How many do you think there are? Answer: a lot.

main question: Can a book be cliché-free?

things to consider: To what extent are clichés a good thing? What is a book with a cliché you liked? What is a book with a cliché that you hated? Compare them. Why do you have different responses to the cliché? Was it dependent on the cliché or how it was written/resolved? Can you think of a book without clichés in it? Was it a strength or a weakness?

conclusion: Do you think they can be books without clichés?

other

CONSUMERISM IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY

Consumerism is everywhere, including in the book community. I think conversations around it are basically necessary.

intro: What is consumerism? How is it present in the book community?

main question: Is consumerism a good or bad thing?

things to consider: What are the pros and cons of consumerism? What effect does consumerism have on you? Do you like the influence of consumerism? How do you distance yourself from the consumerist side?

conclusion: how does consumerism personally affect you? What does it mean to you?

🍄 Consumerism In The Book Community | a pound for your love

BOOK COVERS & AESTHETICS HAVE TOO MUCH POWER OVER ME

intro: What are aesthetics? What are your favourite book covers?

main question: How does the rise of aesthetics and pretty book covers affect you?

things to consider: Do you feel the book community pushes aesthetics/pretty book covers? Does it increase the likelihood of you buying certain books? Do you think this is a good or bad thing? Are any aspects of these repetitive? Do you think people judge books based on covers too much? Why/why not? Do you think books with covers deemed ‘not as pretty’ have less chance of being widespread? Do you think book covers affect people outside the book community as well?

conclusion: what do you think… book covers and aesthetics have too much power, or do you like their impact on the community?

HYPED BOOKS

intro: what does ‘hyped’ mean? Any examples of hyped books?

main question: Do you like the role of hype in the book community?

things to consider: Do you like the term hyped book? What makes a book hyped? When a hyped book lets you down, do you think the hyped lied or it wasn’t for you? How does privilege affect hyped books? Do you prefer talking about hyped or under hyped books? What are the different reactions when you talk about these respective groups in the book community? Do hyped books get more responses, and how does this affect how you make content? How do you highlight underhyped books most appealingly?

conclusion: Do you like the role of hype? Yes or no.

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There we go. I don’t claim for any of these topics to be originals. I just think they have the potential to open up interesting conversations. If you do (or have done) any of these discussions, I’d love to know in the comments. 

Do you write discussions? Do you find it easy to come up with topics or not? Have any of these ideas jumped out to you?


35 thoughts on “11 Discussion Ideas For Book Bloggers

  1. This is awesome!!!! I never get ideas so I never write discussion posts.. so I’m happy to get a boost with your ideas… maybe I will try 😊😊😊

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  2. This is such an amazing post, Sophie! I bookmarked it and if I ever do a discussion post with one of these topics, I’ll definitely let you know.👀 So kind of you to compile this list, and now my brain is turning trying to think about how I would respond to some of these haha. I loved this! xx

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    1. Olivia!! 💕 Thank youuu so much! Oohh yay, I would love to read any posts you decide to do. I’m so happy this could be a potentially useful post for you! 🥰
      Aw.. Thank youuu!! Haha I love that sooo much and I’m sure your responses would be fab! 😍

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  3. These are all such good ideas, I’ll definitely come back to this list if I need ideas for a discussion post! Thank you so much for this.

    I’ve actually done a discussion post unpicking the chosen one character archetype before! That one’s really interesting to me, because a lot of classics I read handle fate and prophecies in really interesting ways, while a lot of modern fiction that handles those topics is just, uh….There’s some good stuff out there! I really like Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Percy Jackson handled the trope in a cool way! But I will say a lot of modern fantasy I’ve run into has trouble making this trope interesting. Here’s the link if you’re interested! https://mothoftheday.wordpress.com/2020/10/03/on-chosen-ones-a-discussion-post-except-i-dont-actually-know-how-to-do-discussion-posts/

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    1. These are such good ideas! I love discussion posts, and I’m constantly having ideas for them, but I’m quite bad at actually turning those into posts. Most of them get a few inspired sentences then go to the bottom of my notes app to die 🙈

      Sometimes they get resurrected months (or even years!) later when I get stuck and go back through my notes, but I know for a fact I’ve got a discussion at the bottom of my WordPress drafts that I haven’t edited since 2018 🤣

      Some of these topics really interest me, like consumerism and hype – I’m always buying too many books instead of reading them, and I’ve definitely ordered books before more out of hype than actually wanting to read them. I’ll tag you if I write any of these posts! 🥰

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      1. Thank you so much Abi!! 💚 Discussion posts can be some of the best posts to write and read.
        Tell me about, I always say I will write this post and then forget about it 🙈 aww.. Those sentences are still there, waiting for you in the dark 😂😂

        Haha they are there when needed and that is what matters! 😂 Wow 2018 though … That is a while 😅 throw it all the way back. I know I had a few posts lined up before my giant hiatus that I haven’t touched (and probably never will now) 🙈

        I am sooo glad some topics could interest you! I think consumerism and hype can be really intriguing to consider being such present parts of the community! Thank youuu, I’d love to read them if you do them ❤️🥰

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    2. Thank youuuu ❤️ yay, I’m so glad this post could be helpful for you!! 🥰 You’re so welcome, thank you for checking the list out!!

      Oohh I love specific discussion on characters 😍 the chosen one sounds a really interesting one too, but I agree I haven’t read too many modern ones where I’ve been wow by it… They almost feel a little bland at times. Avater is one of my favourite examples too. I need to check more classics out though! Thank you sooo much for the link, I will 100% be checking it out 😍😍

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  4. This is such a great post, oh my god! You’ve really nailed the syntax to a good blogpost, and while I’m not a book blogger (I just write occasional reviews and musings), you’ve got me itching to try these ideas out! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you sooo much Arshia ❤️💕 ahh.. Yay, thank youuuu 🥰 I’m so glad these topics interested you still. If you ever delve into them, I’d love to read them. You’re so welcome, thank you for reading 💕

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  5. as someone who really defends illustrated covers, i had never thought about how they might impact beauty expectations through books. we might think because it’s not a visual media that books are exempt from it, but they really aren’t! that would definitely be a very thought-provoking discussion!

    thanks for sharing this post, sophie! i’ll definitely have to go back to it when i need some more inspiration!

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    1. I am a big fan of illustrated covers too! But they definitely bring in that visual comparison which can feed into beauty standards for sure. Yet they have the potential to show a larger variety of different people as well, if in the right hands. I wonder if indie publishing would do it well as authors have more control (I imagine) 🤔
      It is a discussion I would love to see. Quite a big one to do though, like I’m intimidated by it 😅!!
      Aw.. You’re welcome and thank you for reading Lais! As a big fan of yours, I would love to see any post from you, including any of these discussions if you choose to ❤️🥰

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  6. AHHH Sophie I love this so so much, thank you for the amazing inspo! These ideas are amazing and I’d really love to make a post on any of these topics!
    Thanks so much once again💖💖💖🥺🥺🥺

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    1. Aw.. Thank you sooo much Suhani 💕❤️ your comments always make me so happy and this is no different! SO GLAD you liked the ideas, and you’re so welcome!! Ahh… I would love to read any of these posts if decide to do them! 😍 Thank youuuu ❤️🥰

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    1. Yay, thank youuu Caro. That makes me so happy to hear 💞 I totally get how discussions can be intimidating, i couldn’t do them all the time but they can also be rewarding to do as well. Glad the tips and ideas could be helpful!! Thank youuu 🥰

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  7. SOPHIE DID I EVER MENTION YOUR POSTS ARE PERFECTION??? And I LOVE this one!! I’ve never done a discussion post EVER (there’s something about reviews and discussions THAT MAKE YOU FORM COHERENT OPINIONS that just terrifies me. coherent thoughts are difficult stuff. COHERENT OPINIONS ARE UNIMAGINABLY TERRIFYING) but i’m definitely looking forward to writing them ONE OF THESE DAYS, and this post is the most HELPFUL AND BEST THING EVER (i mean tips from the discussion QUEEN herself, what else COULD we expect right??)!! thank you so much for it!

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    1. Anoushka!! thank youuuu so much *throws all the gratitude and love your way* Your comments are like the warmest hug ever 💖💖 thank you, thank you! I bet you would be AMAZING at discussions, some of the best discussions can be combinations of chaos and incoherent thoughts that make you think! Discussions are great for showing personality and your blogging voice is STUNNING so it would be amazing! 🤩 I would be honoured if you ever decided to do one of these ideas… ahh… I’m am SOOOO happy you found this post helpful! aw… you called me the discussion queen, ahh… i really don’t deserve youuu!! THANK YOU SOOO INCREDIBLY MUCH!! 💚💚 and thank you for this ✨g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s✨ comment!

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  8. I love this! I’ve been wanting to write more discussion posts now that getting back into blogging regularly. These definitely sparked some ideas so thank you!

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  9. loved this list of ideas! I enjoyed reading the character-specific ones, it definitely gave me ideas to think about since I hardly talk about my favorite (or least favorite 😅) characters on my blog! Happy June Sophie ❤

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    1. Yay, thank you so much 💗 character specific discussions can be so fun to do… You can really pinpoint things and I love how personal to the writer they can be! I would love to see any character based posts on your blog 😍
      Thank you, and you 💜

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