What Makes a Book Worth Reading?

Created about 1 year ago by Shmuie Berger with 5 comments
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Vvrmleq2 Whoa · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like
Narratives live and die based on their characters. If the reader doesn’t care bout your protagonist and doesn’t find them compelling and/or relatable; if they don’t understand what the main character wants and why they want it they will lose interest. 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 1 year ago
I honestly have no idea, I admit that I don’t read all that much but I do love a good story. From what I have read, it’s not necessarily the writing or format that makes a difference to me. It’s the whole idea of what’s going on and how cool it is. I love creative works with interesting things going on.
20160912 182602 Shmuie Berger · Reader · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like
Yes, exactly! Books are conduits for the imagination, they allow us to escape I to a reality not our own and for a moment if not longer, make us feel something. Something deep within us. Characters must be real, and their challenges even more so.  That makes a story worth reading. And originality is most certainly a key factor, but how does one break past the tropes when their are so many and so very quickly, breaking the tropes is just becoming another trope?
Mpsturrock   small bio M. P. Sturrock · Author · added about 1 year ago
I suppose it’s different for everyone, but for me, if a book doesn’t make me feel something, then why am I reading it? And for that I think you need vivid characters worth caring about, and a story that tests them and forces them to learn and grow.

I also find originality is increasingly important to what I read. As I’ve read, watched, listened to, and played so much entertainment in my life, I find too many stories predictable. I like to see tropes played with; characters become more than stereotypes; and for stories to take unexpected twists. If I feel I can predict every turn the story takes there’s no point to reading any further.
20160912 182602 Shmuie Berger · Reader · added about 1 year ago
What makes a book worth reading to you? A book that makes you feel? A book that lets you escape reality? What do you think ^-^