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.