Plot or Characters?

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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?

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21 responses

  1. It depends on the mood I am in. Sometimes I want interesting characters, other times I want intricate plots and worlds.

  2. For me, it depends. I answered here.

  3. Character-driven. My full answer is posted on my blog.

  4. Interesting question, but I think however intriguing a plot may be, if the characters are annoying, I won’t enjoy it. So I’ll go with characters.

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