Which is more important when you read — the actual story or the characters? I’ve read books with great plots, but two-dimensional characters, and I’ve read multi-layered characters stuck in clunky stories, and I’m sure you have, too. So which would you rather focus on, if you couldn’t have both?To be honest, if a book doesn't have BOTH interesting characters and a good, solid plot, I'm not likely to stick with it for long. I want the whole package.
BUT, just to play along (and I'm sure I'm probably in the minority here), if a book lacks a good plot, I'll lose interest in it pretty quickly -- no matter how fascinating the characters might be. So I guess I'm a story person.