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?
Was that actually a question? It sounds more like a statement.
A false statement at that.
I would say that plot and character are about equally important to me. I can read a character-driven book as long as the story is at least moderately interesting and I can read a plot-driven book, but not if the characters are completely flat. In general, I like to have a strong plot with strong characters, like David Fuller’s Sweetsmoke (review), for instance. From time to time I like to read a book that is mostly plot, but over all it is important to have a good balance.
What do you think? Plot? Character? Beautiful writing? What makes you want to read a book?