As a book reviewer, it didn’t take me long to realize what it is I love about the books I adore.
Of course, if I adore a book, I’ll love a lot of things about it…but to me, there’s always just that one thing I look out for the most. That one thing were if it isn’t that good, no matter how good the rest of the book is, I will probably give it a lower rating.
So what’s the most important element of a book to you?
This sort of thing is usually split three ways:
Plot, Characters, or Setting.
To some people, if the plot is well thought out and original, the book is sure to be a winner.
To others, the characters have to win their heart.
Or maybe it’s the setting, some others want to be thoroughly caught up in the world.
Of course, there’s plenty of other factors that come into it. Maybe it’s the genre of the book that guarantees your love for the book. Maybe it’s the amount of diversity there is. Maybe it’s the romance.
Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure that we readers have something we favour the most from each book.
It’s the characters.
If I love the characters, I’ll love the book.
And if I don’t? Well then, it’s more than likely that I won’t like the book.
I just can’t stand reading about characters I either don’t like or don’t care for. For me to love a book, I genuinely have to really care about the characters. I mean, what’s the point of there being a dramatic plot with the tension building…if that tension won’t actually build in me because I don’t care what happens to the character?
It took me a while to notice that all the books I’ve given lower ratings to have that one thing in common, at least. All those books, I probably wasn’t a fan of the characters.
But why does it make a difference?
Well, it’s what we look for in books. We know what we like, so that’s what we’re attracted to when choosing new books. It’s what lures us in. Obviously, all the other elements matter too, but there’s usually that one specific thing that wins you over.
Join the discussion!
What is the most important element of a book to you? Is it the characters, setting, plot, or something else entirely?
What is it that really draws you in?
Is there anything else that you think is important in a book?
Why are these things important?
What makes one element more important than the other? Personal taste?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…