Thursday, December 15, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Character or Plot?

This week, Deb at BTT asks: "What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?...(Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?)"

Well, if I absolutely had to pick one of those offerings over the other (yes, they are both very important), I'd definitely have to pick plot over character. Through the years, I've found that my favorite fiction is usually extremely plot-driven -- which is probably why I read so many mysteries. I love it if a book has fascinating characters, too; but my main requirement is an interesting story.


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  2. Sorry...I'm half awake

    I was rambling on about how I love mysteries and how important plots are in that genre. But, for example, if Kinsey Millhone's behavior and characteristics didn't come into play (in Sue Grafton's alphabet series), I wouldn't enjoy them half as much. So the character is key for me here.


  3. Me too! I love great characters, but they have to do something to make the book interesting.

  4. I agree with the plot.

  5. Such a tough question. I actually think I have to go with character. Even if a plot's great, if the characters are one-dimensional it's just not going to work for me.

  6. I found this a difficult one to answer. I came up with my answer because of the book I am reading this week. I am enjoying the book, just wish the plot was a bit stronger, it doesn't feel like a page-turner to me.

  7. It was a very difficult question to answer and I think I kind went down the middle with my BTT this week.


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