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Characters Vs Plot: Which is more important?

Characters versus plot, I feel like is a question that is mentioned quite often in the book community but which one is better and does it even matter? To be honest, I don't know but I feel like it can be generally a personal preference. 

I guess my first thought at this question would be, of course, it is the characters. I mean you can have a great plot but if your characters are weak, what are who are you going to care about? I feel like there are notable things to consider, however, as we would all say things like, "I would read anything by J.K. Rowling especially the Harry Potter characters even if they were doing nothing." That's because they are great characters and as an audience, most of us care about these characters so much but would we really do this? I don't think so, in fairness it would probably be boring because if they had no plot the characters wouldn't be themselves. 

Characters need the plot to develop and grow and make them real characters so we can enjoy them. 

So if I am saying that characters need the plot to develop, does this mean that the plot of the story is better than characters? I mean can't characters also be poor which will also damage the story?

Well no, and I guess yes.

I think at the end of the day, both characters and plot as well as a great writer who can craft an enjoyable story leads to an interesting and amazing story. I don't feel like I have ever liked a book that is lacking one of the elements of good writing, characters and plot and it is this that tells me that they are all very important to making a good story, book, film or anything. I just don't think that you can love a book that has amazing characters and poor plot or vice versa because you would always disagree with one element of the book. 

We need good plots to drive good characters on interesting and exciting adventures. As much as we might say, we love to read about characters we love doing mundane things, I personally don't think it would be interesting. Some can be said the other way, we can have an interesting plot, but it can have really bland characters that we just don't connect with we also might dislike this. 

We need both characters with good motivation and need to change and adapt and to do this you need a good plot and amazing writing. 

Of course, you can disagree with me and feel free to leave your comments below.

I also asked twitter and here is what people thought: 







See you soon,

Amy

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