What Makes A Book Great?

What Makes A Book Great? - Kosta Leontarakis English- Texts...

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Kosta Leontarakis English- Texts and Contexts Professor Darlington 4/12/07 What Makes A Book Great? As college students, we naturally are critical of the texts we read in our classes. Personally, after every book we read, I really reflect on the relevance of the book, whether I enjoyed it or not, and if I would ever read it again. This brings us to the question of: What makes a book great? I believe there are several components that factor into this equation. I use a simple criterion in determining if a book is great or not. For me, a great must contain the following: mystery; suspense; an expected twist; comedy; and a little bit of violence or competition. I’m not saying that a book must contain all of these things in order to be great but in my mind it always helps. A sure tell of a great book is determining if you’d read it again. Reading a book is like watching a movie. Once you read it, or watch it, you obtain all the details and facts about the plot and characters. From my own experience, if I enjoyed watching a movie the first time, I’m absolutely interested in seeing it again. This holds true with books as well. Once the book is read there are no longer any surprises. I’ve actually found that when I go back and read a book again I pick up on things that I didn’t pick up on the first time. That’s the beauty of reading a book. We don’t see the events happening we read about them and use our imagination as the movie screen. A great book allows you to escape to an
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imaginary place and you interpret what you read on your own. Nearing the completion of this course, we have several questions to reflect upon: What in fact was the greatest book we read; why it should be kept on the syllabus; what book should be dropped and why; and lastly, what book would you add to the class? On the whole, I enjoyed reading most of the texts that we were required to complete but I definitely would make some changes. “Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.” (Blaise Pascal) I enjoy this quote very much. Authors are very influential people in society. An author doesn’t know that he/she produced a classic after he/she wrote it but they do know whether it will be taken seriously or not. William Shakespeare is no doubt one of the most well-known and talented authors/play writes of all times. I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MSND) in high school and I was elated to discover that we were going to be reading it again in this class. It certainly has all of the components that I described above for a “great book.” Shakespeare wasn’t particularly known for writing mysterious pieces but
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