Sunday, April 12, 2015
Plot or Character?
Several weeks ago, anticipating a "snow day" later in the week, I checked out three DVDs from my local library. Two were based on a best selling novels (that I hadn't read) and turned out to be big box office hits with Oscar nominations.
While the plots were intriguing, the characters were drab. Basically, I found myself asking "why should I care what happens to these people?" One story was a murder mystery, with the main character being so cruel and nasty, I concluded the small town was better off without her.
Perhaps I can only speak for myself, but when I'm reading a book or writing a story, it's all about the characters. In my writers/readers' mind, you create characters people care about and then build a situation around them.
Obviously, if the DVDs I had checked out -- and their books -- were hits, not everyone thinks like me. Which leads me to ask a question this week. What attracts you to a story? Plot? Or characters?
Have a great week, Everyone!
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