Friday, December 17, 2010

The World of Book Blogging - Part 6

Book Blogger HopThat’s right people – it’s time for everyone’s favorite Friday social! As always, thanks to Jennifer over at Crazy-For-Books for hosting the book party! While you take a look at this week’s question, we’ll just be over here hanging out by the beverage table... again...

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

Well, another Friday and another difficult question.  Is there really a wrong answer?  Debating whether plot or character is more central to a great story is sort of like deciding between your heart and lungs.  Sorry, but we’ll take both!  That being said, if we absolutely had to make a choice - life depended on it - we’d say character… no plot.  While we’ve been able to manage through a novel with one dimensional characters, it’s nearly impossible to keep turning the pages if the plot has systemic problems.  For us, the plot is most…er important and strong characters are icing on the cake.  At least that’s our or decision for the time being…
Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop by again real soon.  Also, indulge the urge to click that button on the left side of your screen that includes the word “Follow”.  It might just be the most exhilarating thing you do today… then again it might not, but how will you know unless you try.     

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by Southern Sassy Things! And you're right...it's great when good characters are the icing on the cake! :o)

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  2. Hopping by again,
    I agree both are important to really make a good book, but I have the opposite vote on what kills a book for me. If the characters involve me, I can plod through some dull plotting. But if the characters are one dimensional, I lose interest in the plot.

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  3. I choose character over plot. Exhibit A: Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Exhibit B: Everything by P.G. Wodehouse.

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  4. I agree, both is preferable. But if I had to choose, a good story will keep me reading. I'm a new follower! My hop is at Coffee Table Press

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  5. Thanks for stopping by :)
    And now I changed my mind again..should be plot, will change back soon again, lol

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog =)
    I agree, there isn't a wrong answer for this questions. A matter of opinion (and mine keeps changing!)
    Books For Company

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  7. Returning the visit from the Hop:) Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a nice weekend!

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  8. I actually felt the opposite way. I need good characters. I've read so many books that had what sounded like a good plot... but I ended up hating the book because the characters were so badly written.

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  9. Hi! Thanks for stopping by The Enchanted Book! I was like you--plot, no character, no maybe plot...In the end, I really need both.

    Have a great weekend!

    Selena
    http://theenchantedbook.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hi hopping through to wish you a Very Happy Holiday. I have to say both plot and characters go hand in hand.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

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  11. Hello my dear,

    I think that characters are very important. I love seeing what happen to them and I love to swoon over a few fictional boyfriends more then I should. ;)

    I'm also the creator of Morbid Romantica Challenge 2011 which I'm trying to get off the ground. It should be a very fun challenge. AND it wont seem like homework. *smirk*

    Today was the start of a Hardcover giveaway for Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness @ Ridley's Giveaway

    Mad Scientist

    Steampunkery & Book Reviews

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  12. Thanks for stopping by at our blog.
    I agree with you plot is slightly more important than characters. It's what makes me finish the book.
    And I indulge the urge to click the button: New follower!

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  13. 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
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  14. Thanks for stopping by - I'm returning the follow!

    It's honestly a question I could go back and forth on.

    Have a great weekend!

    Poetry to Prose

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  15. Thanks for stopping by E-Volving Books :)
    I know - it was so difficult to choose between plot and character!

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  16. Thanks for hopping by! I'm a new follower.

    Have a great weekend!

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  17. Returning the hop! I completely agree that this is a very difficult question to answer. I went with characters, but after reading a few other responses I'm not sure anymore... I keep trying to imagine Dirk Pitt with no plot. Nope, doesn't work.

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  18. 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 ideas...it is in the right side panel on my blog.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Happy Holidays!!

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  19. I'm here from the hop... :)
    I'd have to say that characters are more important to me. I will normally continue reading a book with a boring story line if the characters are good enough.
    Happy Holidays!

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