Thursday, December 16, 2010

Discussion: Favorite Story Element?

Just a quick post today inspired by my latest read. When you read a story, are you most interested in the plot, the characters, the setting, or some other aspect of the story? (I know ideally a balance among story elements is best, but that's not always easy to achieve.)

For me, I think character is most important. If I don't like the characters, even an exciting plot may not be enough to keep me reading. But I would rank plot above setting. How about you?

7 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

It really does have to be a balance of the three for me. Character, elements, or plot won't keep me invested for very long on their own.

Elena Solodow said...

Absolutely the characters.

Mary Vaughn said...

Sandra, how nice of you to say it for me --
"For me, I think character is most important. If I don't like the characters, even an exciting plot may not be enough to keep me reading. But I would rank plot above setting."

Jen Chandler said...

I need the plot to move me and excellent world building is a must. However, if I don't really, truly care about the characters, if they don't dig up some aspect of myself in their thoughts, struggles and joys, I just can't get into the story. Great question!

~Jen

Angela Felsted said...

Yes, I have to connect with the characters. But even that isn't enough if the story doesn't move. For me, the story has to go somewhere, otherwise I get bored. Ha ha, maybe that says more about my attention span than anything else.

Quinn said...

I don't care much about setting to be honest. The story could happen anywhere and I'd be happy. Characters and plot are both very important though -- with characters being just slightly more important. I mean, if the characters aren't good (and I don't mean likeable, just wee written) than the plot will fall apart. The characters have to be able to carry the plot.

The Golden Eagle said...

Plot, probably. I can stand a drab setting and characters I don't get attached to if there's plot to the story.

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