I know this is a common topic, but I want to know what motivates people to study furthur into Literature and why people love it. I love Literature because it is fun and helps to expand your views.
I hope to see a number of responses :D
To be honest, for me it was an absolutely fabulous teacher in high school who brought English Literature to life. (A man who is still teaching today, if you can believe it.) As I got even further into his infectious method of teaching, I realized that I ADORED trying to find hidden meanings within the text, ... especially sexual ones. I also fell in love with different visual interpretations (especially of Shakespearean plays).
Oh, ... and I would be amiss if I didn't mention my passionate crush on Percy Bysshe Shelley.
I don't remember a time when I didn't love to read. I started with the classic Nancy Drew series and all of the Little House on the Prairie books, but as I grew older, I was introduced to fine literature, and have never turned back. If I had to name one book from high school that made me think about how great the CRAFTING of the novel was, it would have to The Lord of the Flies. In my sophomore English class I finally thought about the author's craft in the work and that is what really made me the reader and the teacher I am today. I love to see how an author is going to make the story work. How are the characters going to be presented? Will I recognize the foreshadowing? Is the plot pace keeping me engaged? Are there any lines or passages that are just really "pretty"? Do I find myself transported to another time and place? How does the author make me care? Why did the author make the choices that he or she did? Am I sad that the experience of reading is over when I finish the last page? How long do I keep thinking about the story after I am done reading it? Those are the kinds of questions I am always asking myself as I get lost in the pages of a great story.
When I was young I was an avid reader, but I read young adult literature. I entered high school in 9th grade and was assigned A Tale of Two Cities as an independent reading book right at the beginning of the school year. It was for an honor's assignment, and the whole point of assigning the book without support like that was to weed out students who were not serious.
When I read A Tale of Two Cities, I was blown away. I had never experienced anything like it. It completely changed the way I looked at reading. I feel instantly in love with literature, Dickens, Victorian literature and reading in general- on a whole new level. I still love that book today. It is still my favorite, even with all of the other incredible books I have read since then. I am forever grateful for having read it at the time I did, because that book changed by life. It is the reason I am an English teacher.
Good question! I have a love for 'finding out'; characters' motives, successes, failures, histories, futures - whatever! I have always also been blown away by writing which stirs my imagination. I think lovers of literature love words and people - great literature combines these in fantastic and dramatic ways.
Reading literature is like eating a good meal. We might nibble away as we slowly enjoy the mental feast. We might voraciously gobble it up because we can't wait to get more. Ultimately, our pleasure of it is immeasurably enhanced by our interaction with it.