Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 17-20, 2010

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Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is: 
"What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

My answer:
I am character-driven, all the way. I prefer a book with amazing, deep, complex, intricate characters and little plot than the other way around. Unfortunately it is hard to find books with those amazing deep characters since synopses only focus on the plot. That's why I always feel like I've found a treasure when I discover a book with great characters. Characters are the heart of any story, and if you don't have heart, then you don't have very much at all.


  1. New follower from the hop! I agree that this was a difficult decision. In the end I choose plot, but went back and forth about twenty-seven times. By the end of today I might change my mind again… Stop by and say hi when you get a chance!

  2. Hi, I'm a new follower!

    This is a tough question, because I feel that you need both in order to have a great read. I agree that complex characters are very important, though!

    If you have time, drop in and say hi at Manga Maniac Cafe

  3. hmm, that is a difficult question....can you have one without the other? i think for me, the characters draw me in, and the plot keeps me reading!

  4. I think they are both so important, but ultimately, I need a plot that really races along. That way, even if the characters are ho-hum, that's better than a book with wonderful people in it, but nothing happens!

  5. Hi Hope you have a Nice Holiday. I say both too. But it depends sometimes the plot makes it where I can go on and other times its the characters.

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  6. 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

  7. I like your answer! I find myself divided between seeing both elements as important. :)

  8. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I followed back! Definitely the characters all the way. They make a story come alive...or not, if they suck, haha. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Poetry to Prose

  9. Wow who knew this question would generate so much difference of opinion! But you can't say both because of course you need both for a good story - but that's not what the question is asking. It's asking you to pick one, which is great, because ultimately it comes down to personal preference, and that always generates lively discussion. Thanks to everyone for commenting!

  10. For the character folks...Solomon's Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson is great...I have a review on my blog.

    Hopping by from the blog hop.

    Lots of good answers to this week's tough question.

    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!!

  11. Hi, thanks for coming by my blog :)
    Wow, it must be hard to find books with awesome characters. I guess reading a series would be better, because then there's more of a chance for character development, thus resulting in great characters...? I read mainly for plot :P

    btw, I love The Declaration series too. It had me thinking so much after I read the final one.


Books on this blog

  • City of Bones, Book One of The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
  • Eighth Grade Bites, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
  • Evermore by Alyson Noel
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Magyk, Book One of the Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage
  • The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud