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!


  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.


    Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf

  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

  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

  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

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

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

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


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

    Happy Friday! :D

  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!

    Rabid Reads / Twitter

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


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


  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.

  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:)

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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

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

  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 is in the right side panel on my blog.

    Happy Holidays!!

  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!

  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.