Yes, yesterday and this morning... more sales of Reif's Return! This can only mean good things! THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE! (Really, no idea, I wish I could find out exactly who has a copy!)
This is such a boost for me, I'm writing the new book and I need all the help I can get! A sale goes a long way.
Now, didn't I say something about looking at my old 2013 points about 'good' literature? Maybe I'll write a short essay about it, but I think I can post the main things here...
What is 'Good' Literature? 2013 (New thoughts in brackets)
1. It has a plot with conflicts, symbols for readers to recognise and POV/s of character/s to follow.
(Every story, book, film, TV series HAS a basic order - setting / conflict / development / finale. If a book doesn't have these, then it is not 'balanced'. It also must have some 'substance' inside and also a thought process which the reader can follow)
2. It is not formulaic, a set pattern given by the writer in other works.
('Formulaic' means you can guess what the writer will do next, ie. Stephen King, OR you can replace names and places to create any other book they have ever written, ie. Dan Brown)
3. It must have some message, purpose and/or 'good' feeling the reader can take away from the experience.
(The only thing to add here is that the 'take away' doesn't have to be just a 'good' feeling, but ANY feeling at all, that the work has 'shaken up' the reader—without using obscenities and violence ie. rape scenes)
4. Characters and features should be based on the writer's experience, perhaps not as a single entity, and not some stereotype.
(I would say that the MAIN characters and features should be based somehow on the writer's experience, as when we move along in real life, we briefly meet those characters and features which LOOK like stereotypes on the surface, but if we had more time, they, of course, wouldn't be.)
5. It must be appreciated by someone, by readers, groups or expert bodies.
(Appreciated by readers who have reached a certain awareness in their life. So many readers and groups suffer from the 'sheep mentality' and 'conditioning' from society. Expert groups suffer from their own corruption within their industry and themselves.)
And 'trash' sci-fi? Most, using the points in (brackets), score anything from 1 to 3, maybe 4, perhaps, the better writers. If I remember correctly, Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code failed on almost all 5 elements of the 'good' literature definition BUT I did say it was probably one of the greatest examples of 'popular' fiction, finidng the right style and level to please a large number of readers.
And is Humanity H2O 'good' literature? Yes. it scores 5 out of 5, of course!
Humanity H2O! Join the future (the now)...