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What is something that catches your eye/keeps you reading a story? Character, plot, dialog, or other? Examples welcome.

Addis’ Answer: Definitely plot! I have continued to read some crappy novels where I absolutely hate the characters just to see where the plot is going.

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Thescentofawoman
February 3, 2022 6:28 am

For me me plot. Because for this particular genre I’ve only got a narrow field to choose from. As a person new to East Asian cultures like Chinese, Japanese, and Korean a universal thirty emerges, and a good story will stand the test of translation.

Buriburi
Buriburi
February 3, 2022 7:10 am

One of my fav authors, Neil Gaiman once wrote: ‘ “and then, what happened?” Those words, I think are the most important words there are for story tellers.”
The same applies to readers, I think, to know what is happening next is what keep me reading a story.

WangXian31
February 3, 2022 7:12 am

It’s both plot and dialogue, for me.
The dialogue makes the character, in my mind, so they are linked together that way. Whether a goodie or a villain, what they say can make all the difference.
I have been pulled into a story where the plot didn’t exactly grab me, but the opening scene and dialogue did.
Home of the Zerg is a good example.
Sometimes, though, I’ve stuck with a plot and regretted it; Cute Beast Store Nr 138, springs to mind.

syuxx
syuxx
February 3, 2022 7:52 am

plot and character for me~ if it’s a bad plot, it’s fine as long as there’s good characters and vice versa~
but I usually judge if I want to read something by the synopsis. unfortunately, lots of stories I found have feally bad synopsis so sometimes I have to waste time reading a few chapters just to see if they’re worth reading…

Well, u don't have to know
Well, u don't have to know
February 3, 2022 8:40 am

The plot and comedy also the romance

Meowlove
February 3, 2022 10:08 am

I will go with plot. If a plot is good then you would be interested to learn how it’s going. It increases your curiosity. But bland characters with a good plot is not appreciative.

Lichita
February 3, 2022 10:24 am

The plot and the characters catch my liking when I start reading a novel

Resplendor
February 3, 2022 3:55 pm

Humor and plot, for sure.
It can be the most well written thing ever, but if it’s too serious, I can’t keep up with it. It’ll make my heart tired.
Likewise, if it’s all humor with little to no plot, just one liners and slap stick, I will lose interest pretty quickly.
But when they’re combined beautifully…. *Chef’s kiss* 💋

Solis
February 4, 2022 2:07 am

It has to be a good combination of characters and plot.

Juzy
February 6, 2022 11:06 am

Character and dialog 😊😊

FMPfumoffu
February 8, 2022 9:54 am

The plot is important for me, i can read a story even though the design is bad, but not the contrary

Sue R
Sue R
March 13, 2022 6:27 am

I like the plot that gives some surprise and twiste every now and then also the unexpected hilarious all along.

ArdenMichaelis
March 20, 2022 6:18 am

It’s the world building for me, second would be the plot and third is the characters.

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