Criteria?

In February, I saw an interesting article on the way we talk about books on the internet. Lev Grossman amusingly discusses the non-criteria by which books – and possibly other works of art – are judged.

The more I try to figure out how to talk about books well, with criteria, and explain what I mean, sometimes the more difficult the whole thing is. What is bad writing other than non-grammatical writing? Are there times when my grumpiness means I can’t read something well? Or are there times when I’m in such a good mood everything is good writing?

What criteria do you use to say whether a book is good or bad when you read it?

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