"The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail..." - Charles Swindoll
This quote was in our Sunday bulletin in March and piqued my interest. I started thinking about all the books I've read and why some were good and others were great. What tipped the scales to the great side?
The book I'm reading at the moment is crafted to perfection, and the storyline captivated me from page one. Here are some of the things I noticed:
1. The historical references/language/customs are well researched. No modern-day idioms or sayings have popped up and pulled me out of the time period.
2. Characters act in line with the society, values, and abilities common to their country and place in history.
3. Descriptions of setting, dress, and appearance all occur naturally throughout the story. There are no long-winded paragraphs. Action is taking place when such details are slipped in like adding flavor with salt or pepper.
I agree with the quote above. The details add richness and depth, elevating a book to greatness.
Writers and Readers: Agree/Disagree? What are your thoughts on what makes a book go from good to great?
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When I learn something new, when it is a fast read, when there are surprises, when I feel something stir in my heart...
Susan: I consider a book to be great if it holds my interest. All these points you make contribute to whether a book does that.
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