Booking Through Thursday: Character or Plot?

There’s no F5 posted this week, so this will catch me up on memes. I have a whole slew of regular posts waiting in the wings, though.

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.)

That grammar and punctuation is not admirable. I had to clean it up again.

I think I would rather have great characters in a pathetic story. It’s kind of how I feel about Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve been watching for years, so now I’m committed. I know the plot gets ridiculous; there’s no way all those outrageous things could happen to the same group of surgeons at the same hospital. What keeps me going is the characters. When they do out-of-character things, I notice. When Meredith got whiny and irritating, I struggled to find another good character to focus on. When Alex goes from being a jerk to being a good guy and back to being a jerk, I don’t know who to believe, but I’m still into it.

I realize that Grey’s is not a book, but it’s the best example I have for my point so far. Clearly, my favorite is a great plot with incredible characters, like in Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. I plan to finish The Hunger Games soon. Christmas is a great time for new books!

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