“As all great art is made from suffering
So are we
Good in nature, but evil by our own free will
Incestuously created by the will to kill”
-Dimmu Borgir “Blood Hunger Doctrine”
A good book does not just share a story. It drags the reader, sometimes kicking and screaming, from the world in which they live and instead immerses them in a whole new place and time. It makes them care about characters they’ve never met, and never will.
It does not do this through well-written prose, vivid description, and sharp dialogue. Rather the author makes an empathetic connection with the reader, and the reader cannot help but follow every twist and turn of the story until the very end.