Thursday, December 16, 2010


If you're looking for a place to connect with other book bloggers and share your love of reading and blogging, come join the book party hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books.

This week's question, submitted by Alex from Geek on the Brink is:

"What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

Hands down, my answer is the characters. If I'm drawn in by well-developed, emotionally compelling characters, I don't mind if the plot is a bit slow, or if there isn't a whole lot of plot for that matter. (As long as the storyline isn't ridiculous.) But a book can have an intricate, page-turning plot and be a complete bore for me if the characters are cardboard cutouts.

Where do you weigh in on the plot vs. character question?
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  1. Stopping by from the hop :) Another good way to get followers is by participating in Parajunkie's Follow Friday! Here's the link:
    I am now following you :) Hope you have a great holiday!

  2. I totally agree with you! I must have well-drawn, interesting characters in my books.

  3. HI new follower here, my fave is the sarcastic character that and a normal heroine - not model type I can relate too but a good plot does help too. So I think a good mixture is the best.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

  4. Stopping by from the blog - I love your site and seeing some great books reviewed here! I'm a new follower.

  5. Hopping back to you :) I agree, characters will make or break a book for me. The books that stick in my mind the most are the ones with good characters.

  6. I had such a hard time with today's question. I don't think you can have one without the other. But, I agree that characters are what usually keep me reading and why I invest my time in the book.

  7. I agree with you about characters, but right now I'm reading a book where I like the plot but not so much the characters... Granted, the characters are well developed I just don't like their ideology so.. perhaps not a good example heh~~

    And med school -> residency -> novelist?! That's a bizarre career path if there ever was one~~ Not that it's a bad thing, just commenting on it's non-traditionalness ^.^

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    New Meme: Third Sentence Thursday!

  8. I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. I'm a new follower. Happy Blog Hop.

  9. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman

  10. Hi There!
    I'm a new follower dropping by from the FFs. I like your answer! Drop by my blog and see what my answers are! I can be found at Sugarbeat's Books

  11. What a great question. I will say, I prefer a book with a fast moving plot. I can put up with some pretty unlikeable, foolish or even cardboard characters if the story is moving along at a steady clip. Which is not to say that I enjoy ridiculously bad characters! Just to say, that a well-developed plot counts for a lot with me.

  12. Thanks for hopping by! I am completely with you on this one! If the characters are compelling then I don't mind if the plot moves a bit slow. Happy hopping!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a nice weekend!

  14. Don't think I have stopped by before...I just love your header...looks like something out of a European castle...pretty cool.

    I love to look at blog designs.

    Hopping by from the blog hop.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating is in the right side panel on my blog.

    Happy Holidays!!

  15. I've read a lot of classics with dispicable characters. Sure, they aren't my favorites. But i read them without skimming, and reread them too.

  16. I've really enjoyed reading the comments this week - very insightful and definitely hard to choose between the two! Happy holidays!