In a recent episode of The Bookrageous Podcast, the group attempted to rank the importance of plot, style and character in the books they read. Obviously, each element plays a critical role in fiction, but most of us do tend to favor one over the others in our reading. The discussion (which begins at roughly 25:30) is quite interesting and definitely worth listening to.
It took about two seconds to pinpoint style as my most important element. I will happily sacrifice plot and characters in order to read well-crafted sentences. I can fall into a great, character-focused or well-plotted novel, but writing will always be my first love. The podcast also had me thinking about recent books that won me over with a specific element, as well as those written with a fantastic combination of all three.
A Delicate Balance
What’s most important to you in a book? Do you favor stand-out passages, memorable characters or page-turning plots?