AuntShecky's post got me thinking about some questions that have been stewing in my mind for some time. As we become increasingly a Facebooking/Twittering society, will interest in great literature diminish or increase? It seems logical, especially with the popularity of Kindles/ereaders/free pdfs/etc., that interest should flourish in every genre, but I'm not sure what the trends are showing. That of course brings up another question: how do the great writers of today compare with the greats of yesterday--say, the top 30 on Litnet's Top 100 Authors Post?
I've only recently become a reader (almost exclusively classics), after a lifetime of athletics. Therefore, because I have very little perspective on literature's development, I wondered what the opinions are of the more informed.