Sunday, July 7, 2013
What makes a good book?
In my opinion, a good book has 5 outstanding things.
1. Great world building.
I like my books to have an outstanding setting which has great detail to help me understand and picture it. This is true for contemporaries as well, not just epic fantasies and dystopians. I really like to understand where the person is, and, if it's a dystopian, how the world got to be the way that it is. I love my inside history lessons; they are always fun to read about.
2. A relatable main character.
I really like it when a book has a relatable main character. This way, I can understand all the decisions they make and I can really begin to feel with them. I will still enjoy a book if the main character isn't relatable, but it definitely helps if I can relate with them in some way.
3. A love interest.
For some reason, I'm not a huge fan of a book unless there is at least a hint of love in it. I love romance but I like it on the side, you know? I really want to have an action-packed book with an interesting love interest. I don't know why, but it just makes the book for me. I also don't mind love triangles one bit. I actually LOVE love triangles. I enjoy rooting for a character, though I can get a little grumpy when the character doesn't choose the person that I root for. But hey, you win some you loose some, right?
4. A villain!
I guess this choice is kind of optional, but I do love my villains or anything that is going against the main character. It's pretty much the roadblock in their way. My favorite kind of villains are the ones with dark pasts such as Tom Riddle/Voldemort. I don't know why, but sometimes I really like feeling sad for the villain. It's like I can understand them for some reason.
5. A sidekick.
Okay, now this conversation is going towards a superhero sorta thing. But hey, what can I say? Superheroes are fun. I love my sidekicks or best friends. Some great sidekicks include Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter books or Minho from the Maze Runner books.
What are some aspects that you look at? What makes a good book for YOU?