Booking Through Thursday

Which is more important when you read — the actual story or the characters? I’ve read books with great plots, but two-dimensional characters, and I’ve read multi-layered characters stuck in clunky stories, and I’m sure you have, too. So which would you rather focus on, if you couldn’t have both?

It somewhat depends on the genre but usually I go with characters. I love books with interesting, quirky characters.

Even tightly-plotted detective stories can fail to interest me if the characters are boring.