Originally Posted by EowynCarter
I seam to me that a good book is an easy one. It's mean to tell a story / deliver information, not to be a pain to read.
Then there is of course the fact that that language evolves though time.
Some books are meant to be easy to read and some are not. It depends on the intentions, style and evolution of the writer, which do not necessarily parallel the evolution of language and usage in general.
The reader's intention comes into play later, in terms of selecting which books to read. We can likely agree that that is essentially a personal choice and that absolute taste does not exist.
The problem is when any group of people assume their taste is normative: When those who prefer an easier (or harder) style would impose their preferences on everyone else. That happened famously in Germany in the '40s (to all the arts and not just lit, of course), but it continues to happen today wherever a group of people assume they have the right to tell everyone else how to write and what to read.