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?
For me literature has to be something that makes you think or feel. It makes you question the world you live in and makes you wonder whether you might be able to do something to either change it or to change yourself. Literature stays with you after the book has been read and consigned back to the bookcase. It doesn't have to be Dickens, Bronte, or Austen although I think they are all excellent examples, it can be Pratchett, or Elton but probably not King.
Books that make me cry have done something right. If they make me laugh they've done something right but in a different way.
What do you think?