When somebody mentions â€œliterature,â€ whatâ€™s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?) Do you read â€œliteratureâ€ (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?
When someone mentions literature, I think of well-written books, the ones that draw you in and hold you captive until you are through with them, the ones you keep re-visiting, the ones you recommend to others. That includes some Dickens ( A Tale of Two Cities, for instance), but it also includes Gabaldon. The age of the book is not the deciding factor, it’s all about the writing. Therefore literature, as I define it, is definitely something I read for pleasure.