Mark poses a question in regard to a comment I made on a post of his: "What makes those novels interesting?" For me it is something comparable to what makes life interesting: I find the people inhabiting the novel -- as well as what is happening to them and what they are doing -- interesting. Good paintings prompt you to look at the world more closely than you are ordinarily wont to do. Good novels make you more aware of life and its nuances. There is, of course, a powerful emotional component to this.