Let’s Talk Bookish: Character or Plot Focused Books?

Hello, and happy Monday! My first day of school last Wednesday, and I’ve been pretty busy since then which is why I haven’t really been able to post. I am excited for this LTB topic though, even though I am a few days late. There was a similar LTB topic to this one a couple of years ago, and I’ve loved seeing so many new opinions on this topic again. I also think that I was able to articulate my thoughts on character focused books and plot focused books better now, so I’m happy to share all that today!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is Character or Plot? (Suggested by Brooke @ The Reader’s Game!)


What makes a book more character focused? What makes one more plot focused?

A book that’s more character focused often focuses more on the characters themselves, what they are going through, and how they are dealing with the events occurring in the book. Character based books tend to focus more on internal struggles of the character.

Plot focused books focus more on the events happening in the book, and use the characters to tell the stories of what happens. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t characters with a lot of emotional depth, but that emotional depth isn’t the main focus of the book.

Plot focused books are much more about the action and external conflicts, where character focused books are more about the characters themselves, and the internal conflicts the characters are facing. Some books focus more on one or the other, and some are a mix of both!

Which do you prefer?

I honestly don’t have a general preference; for me it depends on the genre. I prefer plot focused fantasy books; I think they’re more entertaining, and more fun to read. But, sometimes character focused fantasy books can be really good! Fantasy really needs a mix of both, I think.

For contemporary books, and contemporary romance, I love more character focused books! I read a lot of YA contemporary, and YA romance, and while I do like a fun plot, it’s so important to me to be able to connect to the character, and to really feel like I know them and the struggles that they’re facing.

For historical fiction, I enjoy both. Historical fiction novels can be great when they’re character focused, great when they’re plot focused, and amazing when they’re a mix of both!

Mysteries and thrillers definitely need to have a really strong plot, that interesting, complex, and has a lot going on. Characters with depth are important, but with thrillers, and mysteries in particular, I definitely prefer a more plot focused book.

I also definitely prefer dystopian books to be more plot focused. With books like Scythe and The Hunger Games, I like the characters, but the plot is really what I focused on, and what felt like the center of the book.

Do you have any recommendations for plot focused and character focused books?

My recommendations for plot focused books:

My recommendations for character focused books:

My recommendations for books that are a good mix of both:

This week’s posts:

Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own | Elli @ Ace Reader | Kathryn @ Kathryn Books | Dini @ Dini Panda Reads | Hannah @ Hannah’s Library | Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole | Michaela @ Journey Into Books

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and don’t forget to go and discover some new blogs! If I missed your post, let me know in the comments so I can add it up here!

What do you think makes a book more plot focused or character focused? Which one do you prefer? What recommendations for the different types do you have? Chat with me in the comments below!

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