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11/6/10 8:53 A

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All three. If one of those things is lacking, it spoils the whole thing for me. I have to have realistic characters and they have to be engaged in some type of interesting storyline - they have to doing/thinking something that grabs my attention. BUT it has to be written in a way that doesn't get boring - too much description or waffle and I am skipping off to the next page...

All three are very important to me.

With a biography the style of writing is very important. I don't want it all dumbed down and I hate those tabloid style biographies that dish the dirt with no real connection to the subject. I like to see that the subject has been researched properly - I like to see the references at the end! The characters are obvsiouly important, but I only pick up those I am interested in so that is a given. As for the plot - this is also important. I am not interested in reading gossip and hearsay about my subjects - nor am I interested in reading nothing more than a list of movies/theatre work. It has to be well balanced and enlightening to the time period, the career and private life of the subject.

I am a fussy reader!!

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10/26/10 2:36 A

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I do like a good story, but an engaging style of writing and character development are very important. Maybe style, but not sure.

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10/23/10 12:26 P

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For me, I'd have to say character.

I flock to Dickens and Hardy because I absolutely love their characters.

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10/12/10 2:29 P

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Characters and writing style are primary. Plot alone does not do it for me.
That said, I enjoy lots of different characters and styles, and appreciate it very much when there is also an excellent well-knit plot.

"Mind like parachute - only function when open!" Charlie Chan

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10/12/10 11:38 A

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Oh I think it depends on the book. When I read "My Sister's Keeper" it was the characters I was drawn to. But, when I read "Rainwater" it was the plot and characters after that. I don't worry much about style as long as I can stay interested in the characters or plot.

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10/12/10 12:34 A

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When you read literature, do you care most about the characters, the plot, or the style?

(Or maybe something else?)

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