What are your favorite scenes in the favorite books you've read? What stands out in terms of being gripping, or simply being the product of excellent writing? And WHY - what made it so? On the flip side, do any scenes from books you've read stand out as being extremely poorly-done -- and, if so, why? (If you can say what you mean in a way that doesn't give away any crucial plot secrets from that particular book, that's best, lol.) One that stands out for me is the "Mines of Moria" scene in LOTR, because the tension was paced perfectly. I also thought the portrayal in Alice Sebold's memoir "Lucky," where the two friends drift apart, was really impactful. Sebold created vivid imagery of how important the friends were to each other, so when one of them got cold and distant, it actually hurt a lot for me as the reader. And Sebold conveyed the MC's feelings about it without being too sappy or infodumpey, which added to the effect more (she's very good at using rhetorical devices to create the tone). "The Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck was like that too, with using rhetorical devices (active/passive voice, sentence structure, etc) and syntax to create tones, but this was throughout the entire book. Can't think of any bad ones at the moment, but I guess they wouldn't stand out as much. So yeah...what scenes in books stand out as being either really good or really bad, and WHY were they that way? What techniques did the author use that made that particular scene stand out?