I'm widely read, I don't stick to what's classically considered 'literature' because my belief is that the prime reason for reading a work of fiction is to entertain not to educate oneself, so while I love works like The Canterbury Tales, Utopia, The Faery Queen, Beowulf, I could not force myself for instance to finish The Vision of Piers Plowman, Plato's Symposium, The Green Knight, because they're not actually a good read and the only reason I'd be reading them would be to 'educate' myself on the evolution of writing. But what I find with recently written books is that they're instantly forgettable (and I read everything from works which are considered controversial, to best sellers, to books that are considered in some way innovative). Has writing come to the end of the line? Where earlier writers were inventing new verse forms, discovering the joys of characterisation, setting down patterns for other writers to improve on. Each new period bought new 'innovations' to writing but has it now all been done and all we'll be reading are regurgitations of things already writ?