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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Good writing v. Good story



Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by BTT2. This week's question:


What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?
(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)

That's a tough one, really. Obviously, a good book should have both! But, if it was one over the other, I would definitely have to say a good story line would be more important. Sometimes I read books that are just TOO wordy....giving long drawn out flowery descriptions. Yes, it might sound pretty, but I get kind of bored when it takes 2 pages to describe the tree in the character's front yard....you know what I mean? This is a time when I am forced to start skimming a book, looking for the action. I honestly don't care about symbolism, allegories, and such in the books that I read (traditional hallmarks of good writing), I just want a nice exciting story that keeps me up late at night because I can't stop turning those pages!

So, what is your opinion on this? Which do you think is more important?

4 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Actually, I don't think it's the flowery writing that makes for "good writing," necessarily; there are terse sentences and concise paragraphs in good writing.

But this was definitely quite the dilemma today, and while I want BOTH, here's MY THURSDAY MEMES POST and here’s
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Boriquaz said...

Yes I would say good story also. Here's my BTT.

Happy Reading!
Cathy @Addicted to Books

Mag said...

This is an easy one for me--the plot of the story is waaay more important! You can be the best writer in the world, but if I'm not interested in what you're saying, I'm not going to be able to keep reading. And on the other hand, if you're writing about something really cool, I'm not going to mind as much if there's some shaky writing or errors, because the plot should be able to hold itself up, to an extent. And I agree with you about descriptions...I've been known to skim when they get lengthy. They just don't hold my attention very well.

Melissa said...

I would have to agree with you, the story would have to be better. I can even ignore some (to a point) bad writing if the story keeps my attention well enough.

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