When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?) Do you read “literature” (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.