What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?
(Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?)
This is a hard question.
Both are extremely important for a well-written and enjoyable book, however if I had to choose just one, I would rather have an amazing page-turning plot.
For me, even with the best, three-dimensional, realistic characters, by the end of the story I start getting sick of them. I don’t care how planned out, how constructed and believable they are, sometimes I will stop reading a book because I want to reach my hands inside the book’s pages and strangle the neck of the character for whatever reason.
With a page-turning plot, that never happens. I don’t think I have ever complained about a good plot, a good climax; though I have complained about a good character and their idiotic actions. A plot is what makes us keep reading, keep coming back for more, and without that, there would be no book.
So hands down, an amazing plot is more important than a fascinating character.