It’s obvious that I have favoritism towards characters over plot.
Can you really blame me, though??? Favoritism exists. Just like I will always love Android more than Apple (even though my father BETRAYED ME and bought an iPad for my mother *cries*).
But seriously. Characters are awesome. And I’m here to tell you that characters are the MOST IMPORTANT part of any book, even more than plot.
This is my second discussion ever??? So feel free to scream at me for what a failure this is because I totally understand, yo. But I’m here to rant about how I will always consider characters the supreme overlord over everything else in a book.
Characters are more important than plot.
Of course, that’s what I think. It’s a close second, of course, because plot IS the story. But characters are the PEOPLE.
If you don’t care about the characters _– if the author doesn’t MAKE you care –_ then why would you care about the story? Why would you care about the plot? Why would you care about whether the character dies or gets hurt or wins the lottery if you DON’T. CARE. ABOUT. THE. CHARACTER???
Like would you care if an annoying boy at your school died??? NO.
(Okay probably yes because they DIED. But like what if they almost got run over?)
(Okay so maybe it’s just the EXCITEMENT of the event that makes you care, but then it goes away, okay???)
But it’s often true that if you’re annoyed by the character, you might end up DNFing the book. Because you can’t stand the character. Like if someone was irritating you, you’d probably yell at them and then stomp away in frustration*, right???
My most important point here is: If you don’t care about the characters, you (PROBABLY) don’t care about the book. Even if the plot is interesting, the characters may not be and that’s what throws you off.
*Don’t forget to flip your hair and slap them in the face.
However, it goes beyond just caring about characters and not being annoyed by characters.
They have to be developed too!!!
Like say I walk to some random stranger and stepped (Hypothetically, of course. Hypothetically. I SAID HYPOTHETICALLY.)
Their reaction would be:
Right??? And not:
Because characters have to be realistic and well developed. If we have bland characters with no flaws, we get bored, we get annoyed, and we REALLY DON’T CARE.
“But May,” you might be saying*, “this is the same thing with plot??? You have to develop the plot and make it realistic??? Why do you lie to me???”
Well you see here, you argument-seeking beans, I PERSONALLY THINK that if I read a book with an unrealistic and/or underdeveloped plot, I will still read it if the characters are AMAZING.
Contemporaries these days often do not have the most… “action-y” plots. Most contemporaries are character-driven, focusing on the journey and growth of the characters.
This genre has very little plot. And do people still like them??? YES. Because the characters are amazing, they relate to the characters, they care about the characters and feel what they’re going through.
*Not “might”. DEFINITELY. ABSOLUTELY. CERTAINLY. I KNOW ALL, LITTLE DARLINGS.
All aspects of a story are important.
Characters, plot, setting… They’re all EXTREMELY important to the story. But what I think is that characters are the most important part(s???) of all.
Sure, plot and setting are significant as well. But characters are people (if done correctly haha), and we people relate to other people. (Unless you’re like NOT a person???)
Characters are how we connect to the story. We might have real-life experiences similar to that of the plot, but how would we have those experiences if there weren’t people to, well, experience it?
Without characters, we CANNOT feel. We can’t feel for anything that happens in the book. Since we can’t feel, we don’t care. And when we don’t care, what’s the point of reading?
(Also I’m going to be obnoxious and point out WELL DO MOST PEOPLE FANGIRL ABOUT AMAZING PLOTS OR AMAZING CHARACTERS??? I totally fangirl about characters lol.)
Of course, everything in a story is vital.
And my opinion probably some flaws. Heck, it probably has a LOT of flaws.
But the main reason I believe characters to be the most important?
They are humans. We are humans. We CONNECT.
ah, now onto the discussion part of discussions! what do YOU think is the most important part of a story? do you agree that characters are THE most important? what other reasons can you add if you do? and how did my second discussion go? (i ranted a little less, right???) taaaaaalk, darlings. SPILL ALL.
PS omg guys this is less than 1000 words??? *gasp*