It is the Friday Feature Follow! I have successfully added the Sunday Post and WWW Wednesdays to Girl of 1000 Wonders and I’m on roll with it, so I thought it was time to step it up! FF was the first weekly meme post I think I ever saw, but as a new blogger I was too intimidated to even figure it out. A year and a half later, look at me!
This week’s question:
How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer:
- Great characters and plot with lousy writing OR
- Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing?
This is really hard to answer. If only we had an ideal world! Good writing is important to me – I want to see all of those literary elements that I loved to discuss in literature classes, even if it was adolescent literature and we were reading YA. Not knowing how to use commas appropriately is a BIG negative in my book.
I don’t want to use the cop-out response that it’s dependent on the author, but in honesty, sometimes it is, so I’ll take this from the perspective of an author I am new to reading. Lately I’ve been doing this very thing, and I can say I have seen a few works with incredible writing, but they’ve also had mediocre characters with no development or growth, and an average (or below average!) plot. On the flip side, I’ve also seen the opposite lately: stellar characters and/or plot, but lousy and lame writing.
In the end, I take the writing with mediocre development. I can live with that.
What about you? Do you prefer gorgeous writing or strong characters with a well developed plot? Leave me a comment with your response and your Friday Follow.