How is Shakespeare's work superior to Twilight? How is String Theory superior to some random dude's "theory of everything"? How is a Van Gogh better than what is termed 'kitsch'.
An answer that I do not want is something like "color choice, form, texture" or "abstraction, truth, falsifiability". I'm no stranger to these concepts, but it's obvious to me that these are models that we've constructed to explain why something is better rather than the 'cause' of something being better than something else. If you answer with that, my next question to you would be why are those particular models for difference superior to the countless others one could have invented, including models that might reverse the appraisal of which is better.
I also recognize that one tempting answer is that there is no such thing as 'better'. In that case, I would like an account of the perception we all have that there IS such a thing as 'better'. This perception seems to me no less compelling than the perception of existence.
Also, I'm a bit confused about what tags to put on this. I wanted to put 'judgement' but that's not a category I could find.