Unforbid the "Forbidden Land"

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I think its distinct nature made it forbidden. Attempting to make it unforbidden will take away from its very nature thereby making for an inadequate storyline.
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I think it should remain forbidden and only accessible to a few. Making it accessible to all will spoil the reasons that has made this story interesting.
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Kreads1 wrote:
> I think Zona should remain forbidden. The plant and animal life there has
> thrived and it seems that the limited human contact has benefited the area.
> Decisions made at the end of the book lead me to believe that the
> characters recognize this, and are leery of sharing much about what they
> learned in their expedition.
>
> I think about rainforests, they were thriving, now human involvement has
> put them in danger. I wouldn’t want the same to happen in Zona!
In addition, its evident that human interference would only do more harm than good to zona.
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RKeinath wrote:
> This is an interesting question. At the end of the novel, I had a thought
> that the only way this land could be rediscovered is if the journal that, I
> believe, Grant left in the hotel safe were to be found. He took a photocopy
> with him. Then it would require a group of persons with money willing to go
> back in, and able to get the permits. The group sent out letters already
> saying this is all there is to find, nothing more, we're moving on. It
> would take a lot of convincing otherwise, and I hope there is never a book
> of Zona being rediscovered and subsequently exploited and destroyed.
> Honestly, I was amazed that the characters opted to keep it secret in order
> to conserve it.
Quite true, one would expect that the characters would tell others about it for more exploration and even exploitation. The author did a good thing here with the characters' decision to keep the secrets.
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Priyanka2304 wrote:
> I think it should remain forbidden and only accessible to a few. Making it
> accessible to all will spoil the reasons that have made this story
> interesting.
Yes, but it would make room for a new story, with the challenge of making that equally interesting in the absence of something forbidden.
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In my opinion the island should remain unforbidden as that's the only way to protect the natural elements present in the island.
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Humans have a habit of going full throttle on their discoveries, not realizing that they might cause damage or injure themselves. I believe the restrictions on Zona are necessary in order to protect both. Zona should not be unforbidden
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Prachi Randeria wrote:
> I think Zona should remain forbidden. It is best for the flora and fauna
> that thrived there without human interferene. Also, such restricting
> measures were taken for the safety of people.

Agree. If Zona opens, there will be more damage to the natures.
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I feel Zona should remain forbidden. It might become contaminated and lose its naturalness.
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Kola+wole wrote:
> I feel Zona should remain forbidden. It might become contaminated and lose
> its naturalness.
Forbidden even for well-meant scientists? Looking for a cure for cancer or, why not, Covid19? :)
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Kreads1 wrote:
> I think Zona should remain forbidden. The plant and animal life there has
> thrived and it seems that the limited human contact has benefited the area.
> Decisions made at the end of the book lead me to believe that the
> characters recognize this, and are leery of sharing much about what they
> learned in their expedition.
>
> I think about rainforests, they were thriving, now human involvement has
> put them in danger. I wouldn’t want the same to happen in Zona!
keeping a place forbidden keeps raising the interest of adventure-seeking people, who in turn would try to explore the area and may eventually disturb the ecological balance there. it is inevitable as is the fate of rainforests.
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rahilshajahan wrote:
> It was termed forbidden because of the unapproachable snowy tundras that
> guarded the region and multiple lives being lost trying to unearth the
> secrets that laid within. To avoid such future risks and endeavors, the
> government in the story claimed the zone as forbidden. Unforbidding the
> land is a question you to have ask the government itself. With the limited
> information at their hands about the region, this is a futile exercise.
this seems to be a better explanation to why Zona is called the forbidden land.
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The dynamic nature of this question invites multiple possible answers. First, why is the island forbiden? Is it because of its inaccessibility? Is the government marking it unsafe just to protect people from the dangers that may await them? Is the government out to protect the island's serenity from encroachment? I think finding out the answers to the questions above will largely answer the question about whether Zona should be unforbiden or not.
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Zona should remain forbidden. The fact that it is forbidden makes it more interesting to read! Reader usually require a storyline that is somehow intriguing like this one. It's best if it remains forbidden.
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Post by aacodreanu »

Abhyarna wrote:
> Kreads1 wrote:
> > I think Zona should remain forbidden. The plant and animal life there has
> > thrived and it seems that the limited human contact has benefited the area.
> > Decisions made at the end of the book lead me to believe that the
> > characters recognize this, and are leery of sharing much about what they
> > learned in their expedition.
> >
> > I think about rainforests, they were thriving, now human involvement has
> > put them in danger. I wouldn’t want the same to happen in Zona!
> keeping a place forbidden keeps raising the interest of adventure-seeking people, who
> in turn would try to explore the area and may eventually disturb the ecological
> balance there. it is inevitable as is the fate of rainforests.
I have no counterargument to what happened to the rainforests. And our forests too, as a matter of fact. Perhaps there should be more forbidden Zones to preserve the wildlife in the world.
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