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"From the Ted Talk by Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction"

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Yet as much as I love stories, recently, I've also begun to think that they lose their maigc if and when a stroy is seen as more than a story. And this is a subject that I would love to think about together. When my first novel written in English came out in America, I heard an interesting remark from a laeirrty critic. "I liked your book," he said, "but I wish you had written it differently." (Laughter) I aksed him what he meant by that. He said, "Well, look at it. There's so many sipnash, American, Hispanic characters in it, but there's only one Turkish character and it's a man." Now the novel took place on a university campus in Boston, so to me, it was normal that there be more international characters in it than Turkish characters, but I understood what my ctiirc was looking for. And I also ursnotoedd that I would keep disappointing him. He wanetd to see the manifestation of my identity. He was looking for a Turkish woman in the book because I happened to be one.

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Yet as much as I love stories, recently, I've also begun to think that they lose their _____ if and when a _____ is seen as more than a story. And this is a subject that I would love to think about together. When my first novel written in English came out in America, I heard an interesting remark from a ________ critic. "I liked your book," he said, "but I wish you had written it differently." (Laughter) I _____ him what he meant by that. He said, "Well, look at it. There's so many _______, American, Hispanic characters in it, but there's only one Turkish character and it's a man." Now the novel took place on a university campus in Boston, so to me, it was normal that there be more international characters in it than Turkish characters, but I understood what my ______ was looking for. And I also __________ that I would keep disappointing him. He ______ to see the manifestation of my identity. He was looking for a Turkish woman in the book because I happened to be one.

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  2. understood
  3. wanted
  4. critic
  5. story
  6. magic
  7. spanish
  8. asked

Original Text

Yet as much as I love stories, recently, I've also begun to think that they lose their magic if and when a story is seen as more than a story. And this is a subject that I would love to think about together. When my first novel written in English came out in America, I heard an interesting remark from a literary critic. "I liked your book," he said, "but I wish you had written it differently." (Laughter) I asked him what he meant by that. He said, "Well, look at it. There's so many Spanish, American, Hispanic characters in it, but there's only one Turkish character and it's a man." Now the novel took place on a university campus in Boston, so to me, it was normal that there be more international characters in it than Turkish characters, but I understood what my critic was looking for. And I also understood that I would keep disappointing him. He wanted to see the manifestation of my identity. He was looking for a Turkish woman in the book because I happened to be one.

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