Which is more important when you read — the actual story or the characters? I’ve read books with great plots, but two-dimensional characters, and I’ve read multi-layered characters stuck in clunky stories, and I’m sure you have, too. So which would you rather focus on, if you couldn’t have both?
As much as I love reading a good monograph, I relish reading books in series. Once I find a book series with great characters in great storylines, I will happily binge-read them back-to-back. In a monograph, plot is everything, because with good plot, you will also get good characters. In book series, I find the characters are more important: the recurring characters will carry the book plot. When you have good recurring characters, the plot sometimes can take a bit of a back seat.
Series I follow/followed:
- Lindsay Davis – M. Didius Falco (first title: The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries))
- JD Robb – Eve Dallas (first title: Naked in Death)
- Japser Fforde – Thursday Next (first title: The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel)
- JK Rowling – Harry Potter (first title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1))