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First and foremost, pages, covered in writing.Bob Loblaw said:What do you look for in a book?
There's a panel of wise men with neatly trimmed grey beards who live high on a mountain top in a far-away land where the sun never sets and chocolate grows on trees, and they decide. They post a list somewhere on the internet. Google it.Bob Loblaw said:What makes a book a "masterpiece?"
To be honest, it's difficult to pin down what I look for in a book simply because I've enjoyed so many and they're so different from each other. I guess the most important thing is that a book should engage me, and it can do that with a page-turning plot, or strong characters, or an intriguing situation, or original use of language, and perhaps other ways too. So I don't think there's a simple specific answer other than the broad: it must engage me. Typically it has to do so early on. If I'm not engaged as a reader fairly soon, experience shows that I won't be engaged no matter how far in I read.Bob Loblaw said:What do you look for in a book? What makes a book a "masterpiece?"
.... in who? Me? You? Some people? Many people? Most people? A panel of wise old men with neatly trimmed grey beards?josephwise said:-They inspire new thought.
-They inspire emotion.
...in me. I quite honestly don't care who else is inspired. Here's how it works: a long human literary history paired with a long history of intellectual and non-intellectual debate at many points reaches a consensus as to whether or not certain works have artistic merit enough to stand-out from other literary works. Someone applies the term "masterpiece" to those stand-out works. Then I come along and read many of the titles that have been deemed worthy of that label. I realize I LIKE these books. So I read as many as I can, and I like ALL of the ones I've read. I think, "Wow, all these dead people really KNOW my tastes." But that isn't good enough for me, so I start asking WHY I like these books...and despite vast and seemingly absolute differences between the various books, I find three commonalities. When reading them, I am inspired with new thought, I am inspired with emotion, and I am able to apply these thoughts and emotions to the world in which I live, and its history.Omnius said:-They inspire new thought.
-They inspire emotion.
.... in who? Me? You? Some people? Many people? Most people? A panel of wise old men with neatly trimmed grey beards?
Omnius said:Your definition begins to fall apart at that point.
Omnius said:Since you posted it. I can't attribute it to anyone else because there's no named source.