This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:
“What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?
(Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?”
I mostly prefer character-driven stories. If I do not like any of the characters then no matter how engaging the plot is I couldn’t enjoy the book. For example, Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. It is the proverbial page turner but I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would just because I didn’t like most of the characters.
Very rarely do I find the setting and the plot of the story rise above the book’s mundane characters. Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap comes to mind. I found the main protagonists Mollie and Giles Ralston to be annoying. Most of the other characters are bland and wooden or stereotypical. But the story, the setting and the final twist made the play worth a read.