Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday!


The hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books. Check out Jennifer's blog to sign up and start hopping!  

This week's question comes from Alex who blogs at Geek on the Brink:

 "What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

For me, it's all about characterization.  I can read a book and LOVE it, so long as the cathartic journey of the main character is there.  If the emotions drive the plot, I am all in.  I can read a plot-driven book, as well, but if I do not emotionally connect with the characters, then I do not enjoy the book nearly as much.  I can appreciate the book, though.


 
Also, today is Follow Friday with Rachel's blog, Parajunkee's ViewThis week's question: 



"What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?" 
 
Well, I started out as an English major at one college, and I finished up with a degree in Journalism from the completely wonderful Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  I eventually got an M.S. in Education because I wanted to be a high school English teacher.  I now work for a university in recruitment.  I really enjoy it, but I am thinking about getting another Master's degree in Information Science.  My first job was a reporting gig in New Mexico, and I've always done something related to communications ever since.  So yes, I actually do use my degree!

23 comments:

  1. Great to hear that you have put your degree into great use! It also looks like you've done quite a bit of travelling! I started off in Communications but then transfered to Accounting.

    hop.

    Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf

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  2. Hi old follower , hopping by to wish you a Happy Holiday. I studied Music and Video business but ended up Stay at Home mom which I enjoy.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

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  3. Stopping in via the Hop. I usually prefer character driven novels too but enjoy a good veg out with a plot spectacular occasionally!

    I majored in 2 things in university and neither of them have served me all that well! I really should've been a literature major

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  4. Happy HOP! This week's question wasn't so simple to answer but ultimately it was characters for me. That's where I make my connection to the story. Come HOP by The Bookish Snob

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  5. Great post and your blog is nice one :)
    Take care
    Marinela x

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  6. Old follower.
    Interesting to see how everyone's major and ultimate work tie in together or not.

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  7. Hi,
    Hopping by and following through. I think most of us end up somewhere slightly different than where we started :)

    Shelleyrae
    www.bookdout.wordpress.com

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  8. I think both are SO important! Without both, books tend to be duds for me :)

    Happy Friday! :D

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  9. Hey! Thanks for stopping by for today's #FF and checking out my new blog design. Have you read my featured blogger post yet at Parajunkee's View? I'm an old follower. :) Happy weekend!

    Carmel
    Rabid Reads / Twitter

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  10. Hello Everyone! Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by! I do love the question about college major - will stopping at your place very soon!

    -Linds

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  11. Thx for stopping by! I love New Mexico....one of my favorite places. Good for you for using that degree! A lot of people don't...

    Jen

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  12. Hopping by :) Hope you have a nice weekend!

    I'm a character person too. A book has to have a really good plot for me to like it if the characters are weak. It's nice to see people's responses to this question. I want to try to keep them in mind when I read each blogger's reviews now.

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  13. You went to OU?!! So many of my friends from high school went to either OU or OSU. Hubs went to University of Dayton and now we live in Columbus:) Yay Ohio!

    And your answer is my answer for the character question, we think so alike:)

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  14. I did not go to college, and I am currently retired. I worked for over 15 years in the secretarial division of Emery Air Freight in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a stay-at-home mom for the 1980s and 1990s, and now I am helping my daughter with her business, Tribute Books as the volunteer office manager.

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  15. I'm totally with plot. :) The most solid answer to this question but it's still on someone's preference. Anyway, read my answer in Clandestine Sanctuary.

    I'm an new follower. Have a great weekend.

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  16. I agree with you about characterization. The plot can be great, but if I don't connect with the main character, the book will easily lose me.
    Congrats on using your degrees. I don't. LOL I have a BA in English and I'm an office manager by day.

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  17. I'm with you. I need that connection. I don't have to agree with the characters; just understand them. I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. Happy Blog Hop.

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  18. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  19. Old follower here hopping by on FFs. I like your answers! Drop by my blog and see what I answered.

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  20. Very interesting heading...I love to look at blog designs.

    Hopping by from the blog hop.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating ideas...it is in the right side panel on my blog.


    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Happy Holidays!!

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  21. Old follower stopping by.

    I have to agree that enjoying a plot is much more difficult if the characters are lack luster.



    Happy Hop!

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  22. I'm a tardy hopper. I agree with you that characters are more important than plot--if the characters aren't believable or interesting, then I won't be engaged by the book.

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