Get Out of Your Box!
Ch. 16 of Writing About Literature.
"We are always a part of our greater culture, and our observations and thoughts are a constant function of the attitudes, idioms, ideas, and customs of our time and place" (232).
I'm not going to lie, there were and still are times when I won't watch an old movie because of the special effects. This doesn't really happen with books, but it use to. There would be times when I couldn't seperate the time in the novel from my time. Obviously, the time and culture at which a book was written would be different (I'm referring to classic literature, since that's what I mostly read). I think a key in being a good writer is being a good reader: being able to seperate your own bias' in order to not only write a story, but also enjoying it as well.