This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?
Or, um, is it just me?
Well, yeah, I guess I read for the stories, to find out what happens next. It’s an interesting thing about humans: we love stories! That’s why we like gossip, right? To know that we’re luckier than other people, or other people are just like us. Are you as interested in the guy/gal who’s doing a really good job at work, or the guy/gal who just got into a car accident?
This is where I think really good writers come into play. Of course, drama always makes a good story. But can a writer make a good story about a ho-hum life? Can the writer make the reader care about a character who doesn’t have a lot of drama, is just a regular joe?
Isn’t one of the saddest things when you don’t care what happens next in the story? When you put down a book because the story isn’t compelling?