My sodding housemate just made lose my post so this is the quick and dirty edition
The writer is the creative first last and always - all the reader has to do is enjoy the book and the more imagination they have the better the experience. They wouldn't have the experience without the writer putting in the graft first - so yeah Pooh's right *chokes
it's like listening to music or looking at fine art or whatever visuals appeal to you most. The artist/composer/author creates and the viewer/listener responds to it.
read without enjoyment so that is possibly a form of art in that it's an 'acquired' ability - like persevering with drinking bitter which doesn't seem to be something women 'want' as much as some men...
I envy you your teacher Trish - mine sucked to hell and back and as a result I really cannot read Dickens at all (with the exceptions of Oliver Twist and Xmas Carol I can't even enjoy the films of the books - I will loathe and despise David Copperfield for all eternity...) but I loved Jane Austen when I picked her up again after leaving school.
Personal preferences are also not reliable - I loved reading CS Lewis as a kid but then I discovered Tolkien and after that I could never engage with Lewis' adult reading 'cos it's so bloody sanctimonious in tone and I just find his writing crude and preachy (although I did like Perelendra when Ransome was chasing the Eve-a-like
Those who can, write, those who can't, read... but if you like reading enough and can hit the heights with your responses, I think that does inspire people to write themselves - so in that sense reading can
be an artform, but all credit for that goes to authors like Pterry who light the fire in the first place.
Oh dear it turned into the long version!