Confirmation that I'm a book snob: An acquaintance recommended The Story of Edgar Sawtelle to me, saying it was one of the best books she's ever read and that it profoundly affected her. I promised to check it out (to be polite) and did so online.
Yeah, yeah, okay, a boy and his dogs, rural life, a father's mysterious death, a suspicious uncle, confronting a murder, blah, blah, blah.
Sounds like your standard popular novel, that I normally wouldn't waste my time on.
But wait, it's a modern retelling of Hamlet? That's different! Now I'm intrigued.