Saturday, April 28, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 2 Days Left


   Welcome to Day 2 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Today's topic is fear landscapes.

   Fear landscapes were a part of why I loved Divergent so much. It was such a fascinating and unique concept. For those who don't know, fear landscapes are your biggest fears compiled into one simulation. You have to keep your heart rate normal to pass through each fear. I'd probably fail miserably, haha. I have many fears, but I'll just share a few that I think would be in my fear landscape!

   Death by drowning - I'm a fairly strong swimmer. I have a pool in my backyard and live thirty minutes away from several beaches, so swimming is basically necessity. However, despite the fact that swimming comes almost naturally, I've always been scared of death by drowning. I think it's because when I first watched the Titanic movie, I could only think about how awful it would be if you were trapped in a room flooding with water. Ah! Makes my chest feel tight every time I think of it.

   Getting lost - I have an extreme fear of getting lost. I'm not joking. I'm sure everyone gets a little afraid, but I'm always seriously scared of just winding up in an unfamiliar place. If I had lost all contact, I'd be so screwed, because I am so not self sufficient. Not knowing where I am, where to go, or who to go to would be the end of me.

   Heights - I feel sort of special because I share a fear with Four! But heights is a totally common fear. I don't ride roller coasters or look down when somewhere high because I'm afraid of heights. I look down and think, "If I fell, I wouldn't stand a chance." Heights creep me out. I hate it. Maybe the more accurate fear would be of falling, but I'll just say heights for now.

   Obviously, I have way more fears, but I'll just keep it at three. What fears would be in your fear landscape? Answer the question in the comments/tweet about the post to be entered in the giveaway! Also, fill out this form. :)

   I will not be posting a countdown post on Sunday! The countdown will resume on Monday, May 30, with Day 1.


27 comments:

  1. I hate heights!!! But water...yea, I agree with that one. I hate the IDEA I'd Drownding. I don't like water for that reason. Very good fears, lol ;)

    Haley@PassingPages

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  2. Oh my gosh I practically fear everything... The fear that occurs the most though is the fear of animals. Any living animal that comes near me, whether mammal, insect, reptile, etc., I get scared. At one point, I had panic attacks because of a dog - a very annoying dog. I had murderous thoughts of it, wrote a poem releasing the thoughts, and just hated it, then have a panic attack on other days. I even shake when I talked about it the day after a panic attack. It was just bad. Guess it's already a phobia.

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  3. I am totally with yo on the Heights and Drowning. But I can't swim unless the water is less than 4 feet! I'm also scared of the things lurking in water, Sharks, Crocs, snakes etc. Movies like Jaws and Anaconda kind of scarred me as a kid lol

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  4. I'm the polar opposite, in the sense that I fear very little. I'm a strong swimmer, have no fear of heights, and usually don't panic when I am lost. I do, however, have a legitimate phobia (not fear) of writhing/reptilian animals so that might factor into my fear landscape. That, and dying alone. Again, I don't know how those things would be simulated, but that's what my fear landscape would hold.

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  5. I think there will definitely be some giant spiders in the fear landscape, just endlessly chasing me because I'll refuse to have anything to do with them lol

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  6. Heights! It's really patetic but I can't help it.

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  7. My fear landscape would definitely have to include a doctor's office, anesthesia, and lots of needles. *shudders* I completely lose my head if I have to go to a doctor's office -- they're really scary! Lol.
    It'd probably also include being stalked at night. Lol I read/watch entirely too many movies where that happens.

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  8. I am afraid of the ocean. Being pulled out by an undertow and unable to get back to land. Luckily I live in Indiana with no ocean around! I'm also not too fond of crossing train tracks. It is better now that most track crossing have the big arms to block traffic. Before you had to judge the distance just by looking at the blinking red lights. My biggest fear is actually something happening to one of my kids. Thanks for the chance to win. I can't wait to read Insurgent!

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  9. I'm okay with heights but I share your fear of drowning! I had a drowning incident when I was younger which scared the life out me and has since then made me petrified of the sea. I can just about force myself to swim in pools, but it definitely isn't with a smile on my face! Another fear I have is of snakes... They are the worst. Funny thing is I have never actually been near one before... It's a completely irrational fear! :P

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  10. AH YES FEAR OF DROWNING! I can swim but I can't tread water so I always always stay on the shallow end of pools, ha. Which means I am no fun when my friends swim, basically. Gosh, there would probably be so many things in my fearscape! A lot of creepy crawly things. I'm really afraid of death too, it gets my nervous every time I think about it. It makes you really admire Four for his number of fears.

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  11. I have a reccuring dream where I'm trapped somewhere and it's slowly filling with water. Which scares the crap out of me, so I guess you could say I have a slight fear of drowning.

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  12. Definitely heights and maybe giant spiders.

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  13. My fear landscape would definitely include bugs, especially ones that are big and fly because then I can't control where I am in relation to them. Lol, just thinking about bugs has me freaking out a bit.

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  14. Something that included death. It's my biggest fear.

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  15. My fear landscape would include spiders...all sizes freak me out. I'm sure there are more but that's the BIG one.

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  16. I'm such a big wussie - am pretty much scared of everything lol. Surgery, hospitals, doctors, ... I have *white coat* syndrome and then some ;P
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  17. I am scared of EVERYTHING! I hate fire, labs, and bugs! That are just some of my fears! Gosh I can totally go write a whole series of books on my fears!

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  18. Lol, I LOVE heighs, and I'm an okay swimmer, but I can totally understand your fear of drowning. That'd be just aweful.

    As for my fear landscape....I really hate bugs *shudder*

    2 days left Yay!

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  19. In my fear landscape, there would be heights, snakes, and huge flying bugs. *shudders*

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  20. I have a fear of getting into a car crash, snakes, and getting lost.

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  21. Hmm, I would have a lot of fears in mine. There would be Spiders, rollercoasters, birds, and dying lol =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  22. In mine would be rattlesnakes and bad guys (kidnappers, murderers, etc)

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  23. I have a huge fear of snakes...I can't even look at them in pictures!

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  24. this is going to sound like a really stupid fear but i am dead terrified of puppet..... their just so creepy !

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  25. Enclosed spaces, snakes and drowning.

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  26. I'm so afraid of snakes and losing the ones I love. Those would definitely be in my fear landscape.

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  27. Fear of drowning is a big one for me because I live in San Francisco and I'm basically surrounded by the ocean. There are a lot of beaches near my house and I have had maybe only two swimming lessons in my entire life.

    I am also really scared of heights. Does anybody else always have those dreams where you're falling down the stairs or something. And it feels like your heart is beating so hard that it's going to come out of your chest? I hate those dreams.

    I have an irrational fear of ghosts and mythological creatures like chupacabra. I think this came from a project I was doing for school a couple years back. I had to write about 5 different mythological creatures from different cultures and I ended up scaring the poop out of myself.

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