Booking Through Thursday: Writing Or Riveting?

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?

(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)”

I guess both are important. A whole lot of beautifully written but ultimately empty imagery never does a book any good.  But for me good writing is slightly more important.  A good plot can be severely damaged by ungainly language and use of ‘ugly’ sentences. Case in point, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, a relatively good plot marred by the use of some really weird and at times gross language (“licking like a mama cat”, anyone?). Then there’s the ‘wandering off’ (the pool playing scene or when Henry talks about all of the ‘cool’ bands and whatnot). So, even though a good story is important without good writing it becomes handicapped. 

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22 comments

    1. But bad language/writing is much more common (especially among modern books) than a bad plot, IMHO. Most of the modern books I’ve read seem to suffer from the lack of a good editor. But then I mostly read Classics or Mysteries. My opinion may be outdated anyway. 🙂

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