Some young people in our midst have stated that one of the reasons they do not feel compelled to read a great work of literature is because they cannot relate to a story that is two hundred years old and older. So while it may be difficult to become enthusiastic about a story in which the reader has no reason to care about say a fictional character who is in a much more fantastic and different world from the one he is in, one can still find some interest in the story itself.
For it is that first line on the first page of any novel or book that ultimately draws in the reader. And whether that fictional character happens to be a Prince or Princess from a time frame of three hundred years ago or earlier, it’s the curiosity of the human mind that propels the reader forward to learn more about such a character thus making the reader interested in the story itself.
Maybe as the story opens, that fictional Prince or Princess is faced with a situation that only he or she can solve in order to save his or her kingdom from ruin or even a worse fate such as being taken over and ruled by an envious rival. And if the reader is interested is wishing to learn how it all unfolds, he or she will read on, turning page after page in order to further see how the regal character goes about solving this problem by way of his or her own resources, such as an army, and what the writer of the work has implemented in the plot to bring the enemy down. After the reader has read the last word, he can say that he read it because he was interested in the work.