Friday, December 17, 2010

Hoppin' along.....

Joining the Hop a bit late today.....  but I think I can get some hopping done this weekend!   The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books, and lets us all visit each other from Friday-Monday -- visiting blogs we know, finding new blogs, and generally having fun!  This week's question comes from Alex, who asks:  "What do you consider most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

Hoppin' through the tinsel......
I thought about this for a minute and realized that while characters are important, the plot is what I usually find most interesting.   I can like the characters, but if the story basically goes nowhere, I lose interest.  That being said, the plot can be a great one, but without interesting characters, can fall flat.   So ... it's hard to choose between one or the other --- I suppose I like a decent balance between the two.    The one thing I do note is that I don't have to like characters to find them interesting;  but if they're flat, or badly written, I stop caring about them ... and then stop caring about the story. 

Easy-sounding question, but tricky to answer!!!      Happy Hopping, everyone!

11 comments:

Holly Schindler said...

Hey, Jo--found you through the hop...What a fantastic blog!

Carla said...

Stopping by from the hop. I really like your blog. I'm a new follower.

Have a nice weekend.

Carla
http://librarymosaic.blogspot.com/

Jenni Elyse said...

I thought the question was hard to answer as well. I also think you need a good balance of both.

Melissa said...

Happy Friday, Jo! That's one cute bunny!

I think you need a healthy balance of both plot and characters, or I lose interest haha colour me fickle ;)

Audra said...

I love your answer -- that's about how I feel. Well-written unlikable characters are just as compelling as well-written likable characters; but if there's no substance, then there's no point in reading!

Mad Scientist said...

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

BLHmistress said...

HI stopping by to wish you a Happy Weekend. I have to say both though I tend to lean towards the characters.

My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

Howard Sherman said...

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

Karen said...

I see we both have bunny pictures for our hop :-)
Have a great weekend!

Johnny Nutcase said...

ahh! that picture is too cute for words!

Elizabeth said...

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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