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August 28, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Stories

Bookish , Jumping on the bandwagon

Today's question:

If you're anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No ... it's because you want to know what happens next?

Or, um, is it just me?

Hmm. Yeah, really not, actually. I wouldn't say that I don't care at all about the story, but characters and character development and interactions are really what I read for. Honestly, I sometimes don't really notice the plot. For example, when I saw the new Indiana Jones movie, I assumed that the whole Indy/Marion/son thing was the main plot, and the crystal skull whatever was the subplot. (I was later told that this was incorrect.)

Now, this isn't to say that I never get caught up in a page-turner of a plot - I certainly do - but it's not really the main thing I look for in a book.

Posted by Kat at August 28, 2008 05:35 PM

Okay, I see your point.

Posted by: Sally at August 28, 2008 06:44 PM

My husband is very much a plot-driven reader. He can read the most poorly-written dreck on the shelf, but it if has an interesting story he'll stay with it. He doesn't understand exactly why I'll take a book back to the library unread even if the story's interesting because I couldn't force myself through the bad writing. (He's the same way with movies and acting/directing.) Fiction isn't his main thing; he prefers non-fiction, and I think the two facts are rooted together: He doesn't read for enjoyment of the experience; he reads for results. I'm SO not like that.

Posted by: Rachel at August 28, 2008 07:18 PM
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