Feature and Follow

Friday, May 30, 2014
Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

This week's question:

How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing?

Dyane: Oh, wow, this is a hard one. Of course I'd rather have a book that's amazing in both aspects, but if I had to choose one, I think I’d rather have middling character development and gorgeous writing, because what good would great characters and plot have if the writing can’t even do them justice? At least with awesome writing, even with only moderate character development, there’s still something that pulls you in and makes you want to finish the book. I don’t know, I’ve found that shoddy writing is just a huge turn-off for me. 

Pauline: Unlike Dyane, I'd have to go with good characters and plot, because if I had no interest in them at all, then I wouldn't even bother reading the book in the first place. The writing doesn't matter as much to me as how much I can relate to the characters and how creative the plot is.


Liezl Ruiz said...

The "lousy" writing was ambiguous to me. Does it refer to poor sentence structure and grammar? Anyhow, I chose great characters and plot.

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Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice answers! I too had to go with characters, plot, etc. If that doesn't draw me in, then the quality of the writing won't matter.

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Diane Lynch said...

Both good answer. This is a hard question.
I'm an existing follower. Have a great weekend!
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Unknown said...

Liezl, I agree with you. It's about how you define the lousy and gorgeous and middling!

I'm with Dyane though. I want strong writing and middling characters!

Terri M.
Second Run Reviews

Reading in Wellies said...

I went with writing over character and plot, so many promising stories have been ruined for me through bad spelling and grammar.
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Krystianna said...

I'd definitely have to go with great characters, because when I read I don't find myself interested in the writing, rather I find myself interested in the actual characters and the storyline. I'm a new bloglovin and GFC follower. I love your blog design! (:

Dyane said...

Yeah, that's true! I kind of find myself changing my answer every time I think about it, haha! :)

Dyane said...

It really was a tough one! Thank you! :)

Dyane said...

I know, right? It's just frustrating when that happens. Thank you! :)

Dyane said...

Yeah, they should've defined it more clearly. That could've helped us answer the question better, haha! :)

Unknown said...

Yeah, me too! I can tolerate bad writing, unless it's like, really really bad. But if I don't like the story plot, I won't even bother reading it. Thanks so much for dropping by! Glad you love our design. :)

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