Today’s theme is ‘What matters more to you when it comes to fiction: Characters or plot?’
For me the answer is simple. If a book hasn’t got a good plot, then even the best characters in the world will not save it.
We’re all trying to accomplish the impossible; to think up that stunningly original plot that nobody has ever thought of before. I’ve just finished reading a book with very well crafted characters, but the plot was rather a let-down. However, that’s just my opinion because currently it’s ranked in the 200’s on Amazon.com, so not everybody thinks the same as me.
I’ve made a short list below of those works of fiction and faction, traditional and self-published, which I can read again and again and IMHO have the enviable qualities of not only a brilliant plot, but also unforgettable characters. All but two have now been made into films, but in time I hope every one of them will.
- The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
- The Go-Between, by L.P Hartley
- The Keys of the Kingdom, by A.J Cronin
- The Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, by Martin Sixsmith
- Indecent Proposal, by Jack Engelhard
- Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen.
- Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
- The East End Butcher Boy, by Joe Lawrence
- The Magpies, by Mark Edwards
Which books in your opinion have the best plots and characters? I’d be interested to find out!