Question Do you get scared reading horror novels?

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Do you get scared reading horror novels?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Depends on the novel

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  1. asriu

    asriu fu~ fu~ fu~

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    no?
    then again when read scary this cat mean horror story this cat reaction actually.... that interesting~
    for movies actually it mostly because of the sound
     
  2. Nana24

    Nana24 Active Member

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    Well, I'm okay with reading horror novels. Maybe, I cannot imagine myself in that kind of situation. I feel afraid when I watch horror movies; the atmosphere, the sound effects makes me wants to close my eyes despite knowing it's fake.
     
  3. aintg

    aintg Fairy Queen of the Demonic Sect

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    I don't like horror, but I often get curious... only to get really scared later. Some horror novels can make me feel paranoid and have nightmares. :blob_teary:
     
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    Mysticant Active Member

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    Probably not, LN lack the levels of stimulation for fear in me since it is just text or at most a static image. VN, manga, movies on the other hand, is a whole different story since there are audio and visual cues. I am still waiting for the day 3D theatres can bring the smell of rotting garbage (without it actually being there) along with actual tactile sensation during jump scares or suspense buildups.
     
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    kkgoh Well-Known Member

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    If you're scared of horror movies but not novels, maybe the issue is lack of imagination/visualization?

    Different mediums have different effects on the human psyche.
    Horror movies have strong visuals, horror games have strong agency (you're controlling a character experiencing the event), horror novels use descriptions are requires readers have overactive imaginations.

    I've been into a lot of houses, both thematic and real given my line of work. They are often vacant and distressed homes. Hoarder-like activity, collapsed sections, mold growth everywhere, graffiti, areas where carpets are specifically cut out so you know the owner passed away on that spot, etc. I've wandered around at night in a dark house with no power, only to see a string of dolls behind a closed door. The visceral reaction/experience stays with me, and I can recollect that when reading similar horror novels, including My House of Horrors :eek:

    Some novels that struck me as particularly scary came about at different times.
    "It" was especially scary since I read that as a kid, and a lot of the themes there applied to children.
     
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  6. Yakinori

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    Not really. Most of the time, I read horror novels during the day and I don't let my mind imagine the scary scene that much but I forget to do so sometimes. I found horror novels very very entertaining. I love the thrill and everything.
     
  7. Dokja6116

    Dokja6116 not suspicious

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    I have no problems with horror without jump scares, like those heavy tension ones throughout the novel/movie, but if it has jump scares that work, then even if its a really low graphic game, I don't necessarily feel scared, but my heart tho, its too weak to even take a thoroughly used tactic in movies, that it grows old.
     
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    Can't play horror games. Its the control bit.

    I suck in the beginning and keep dying, so I get angry and frusttrated while my heart starts pumping so hard I can feel it and its worse than running till exhaustion so it isn't worth it to get better at playing this one game just for it to be the last thing I do before expiring on the spot.

    No fear as such, but its such a shitty mix there's not much difference.
     
  9. kurokitsune8

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    The only horror novel out of many that I have read, I became a god in a horror game was the only one that did manage to run chills run down my spine quite a few times, due to its well written horror scenarios. I absolutely recommend it.
     
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    nope, but i freaked out when i played fatal frame and got the topless ghost touch mc here and there
    so far only games work for me, horror movie failed to scares me too
     
  11. Raven Evernight

    Raven Evernight love is poison I was a fool to believe in it

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    I’ve never read a horror novel
     
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    Bachingchung Well-Known Member

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    You probably lean more towards auditory imagery, The Conjuring and Insidious universe have really amazing sound effects, It really amplifies the scare level of the movie franchise. I find MHoH early chapters really scary, until it became a Sleuth, Action, Catch 'em All genre. Too bad China bans horror stories, why? I have no GD clue.
     
  13. GamerGates

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    No, mostly bored
     
  14. Fulminata

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    Some supernatural horror novels managed to give me the chills. Love it.
     
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    Sometimes when the author is really good and I get immersed in the story my heart might beat faster, but mostly I just do that ugly snort-laugh thing when anything that’s supposed to be scary happens. It’s just not the same if it’s in words... put me in front of a horror movie though and I’d probably start crying :sweating_profusely: