I've had a few conversations with my students lately about books we'd all read, and what they did or didn't like about them. After that, I asked them to describe what makes a book "good." Some interesting responses so far, and I'll add more as I collect them.
From a sophomore girl:
DETAILS! [And after further prompting...] Of characters and settings.I love that she wants details from authors, but is reluctant to give many herself.
From a junior girl:
I am tired of the dumb chick, the unexplained dude. I think it should cover all types - romance, action, funny, and scary - in some way. I also think it should always keep me guessing!I had an entire lunchtime conversation with that girl about the "dumb chick" issue - or Stupid-Girl Syndrome. She could have gone on, and so could I, but I'll refrain for now.
From another sophomore girl, an aspiring writer (can you tell?):
I don't really know how to answer, but in my opinion, a good book must have a conflict, complex characters, and a well organized plot. Characters can't not have a personality; readers have to be drawn in by their personalities, good or bad. A well organized plot is necessary - you don't want to confuse people. If you don't have a conflict, it will be a never-ending story, droning on and on. The idea has to be original, too - who wants to read a story that has already been told before?I'll be sure to tell her Composition teacher she's been paying attention in class. *grin*
More to come, especially some guy perspectives. Anyone else out there have info on what teens are looking for in a good read?