Thursday, January 26, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Writing or Riveting?

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Hosted at Booking Through Thursday.

Today's question is:
What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?

(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)

Ok yes I agree we need to have both.  But I'll say if the story is riveting, you can always make up the good writing in your mind.  hehe.  If something is written mediocre but the story is great, you're going to read it.  If it's written horribly but the story is great, you're still going to read it.  But if it's written beautifully but the story is just blah and doesn't get your attention then you're not going to read it unless you have to finish it for a reason.  Think of the time when you were in school, all of that was written well, has to be it's for educational purposes but in reality was it riveting to you? Was the story good?  No it was just information for you to retain and throw away at a later date (like after a test).  That's just my opinion though, what do you think?


DawnTreader said...

I'm leaning towards the opposite view but that may be a question of interpretation. With a lot of books it's really hard to tell until you reach the end where the plot is going. Then it is certainly the quality of the writing that keeps me reading (or not). If the writing is boring I doubt I manage to find the 'story' interesting either.

Gigi Ann said...

Oh, I so agree with you. Without a good story line, why read it. All the flowery words does not make a good book for me, if the story is going nowhere.

Thanks for visiting me today.

Anya Millar said...

Make up the writing in the mind? I do that if I love the story but the writing is weak. . . I'll mentally edit the book and still enjoy (as long as it's not tooooo bad, lol).

Thanks for the visit

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Katie said...

This question was so tough for me because I can't get hooked on a story if the writing is bad, but I can't read a boring Tory even if the writing is fabulous! /: thanks for stopping by!
Katie @ Magic is in Worda

Hazel said...

Beautiful prose always catches my attention. I can forgive a weak story if it is written well. Have a great weekend ahead.