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 | Laurie @ Laurie is Reading
Cassie @ Bibliollama

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!

17 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Character or Plot Focused Books?

  1. I say…why not both? 😀 I’m a mood reader, so I’ll pick up whatever I’m feeling at the time. Sometimes if I feel distracted or I’m sick and just need something non-strenuous to do, I’ll choose a plot-focused book. Other times, I like to sink into a character-driven one. A lot of the times I just pick up a book and go with it!

    Oh, and thanks for reminding me to pick up the Myrtle books again! I read book one and loved it, but I haven’t read the rest yet!

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    1. I definitely feel that, as a mood reader it really just depends on the day!! And I hope you do pick up the other Myrtle books!! They really are fantastic. Sorry for the late reply, and thanks for commenting!!


  2. I wish I would’ve remembered to do this topic. It would’ve been fun to talk about. You did a great job answering the questions. I prefer mostly character-based stories, but I do think plot-based stories have their place and are important too. I like a good mix of both, but if I had to decide, it would be characters all the way! 😀

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    1. Thanks Jenni! I’ve noticed that a ton of people prefer character focused stories, if they had to choose. Thank you for commenting, and sorry for the late reply!!


    1. Sorry I’m just now getting to your comment!

      And thanks so much for participating the last few weeks! Unfortunately, when you link to any of the pages on my blog, I don’t get a pingback, so I haven’t been getting notifications for your LTB posts. In the future, if you link to one of my posts instead, then I’ll get the notification right away!

      And I’m adding your posts from the last couple weeks right now!


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