The Book Blogger Hop is hosted each week by Jennifer at Crazy For Books.
This week’s question comes from Alex at Geek on the Brink:
“What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?”
What is the story trying to accomplish? Is it a story about a character’s journey? Or is it a story with interchangeable characters, where the important thing is the plot? Obviously the characters are going to be more important in a character-driven plot, but they’re also important in a story where the main focus should be the plot. A character’s thought process, actions, reactions, they all go to feed the plot. For example, would you rather have an exciting plot with lackluster characters who sit around waiting, or would you rather have a pro-active character who drives the plot further? The same in the reverse. You can have the most interesting character ever, but if the plot is lame for whatever reason, the reader loses interest in the character.
Personally, I can overlook a few gaps in plot as long as the characters are ones I can invest in. Do I like the characters? Do I care enough to dislike them? More importantly, what are they doing? Do they sit around doing nothing, or are they fueling the plot? Passive characters don’t do it for me, and I’m more likely to move on to another book if the main characters are letting the plot sweep them up and push them, instead of the other way around.