I haven't been around lately, but since I have 6 weeks of before spring semester starts I promise to dedicate myself to being a better blogger, and of course reading more.
This weeks hop question is a good one!
What do you consider more important in a story: the plot or the characters.
I've been thinking a lot about this in 2010. Obviously, the ideal is to have both. However I can live without a good plot. For me characters are really important. I can read through some pretty contrived and boring things if the characters are interesting, and at least one of them is likable and or relate-able. For instance, I hated The Heights. The story itself wasn't very original, but it had it's decent points, however the characters were just intolerable. I've been having the same problem with Lolita for months. Not a bad story, but not a likable character in the bunch!
I just finished Stardust, and I really enjoyed it, however the more I think about it the more I wish there was more to the plot. I liked the main characters and thought they were interesting, so I liked the book. This has really been a trend this year. I like the characters and I like the book (more or less).
I'm heading back home this weekend, so between the train ride and just general free time I'll be reading a lot, and posting more frequently!