Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday #9


WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme started by Lauren at Epilogue Review, and this week's topic is:

Action/adventure vs. romance (if the story has only one):

This is a hard one for me, but since I generally prefer character-driven stories over plot-driven ones, I'm going to go with romance.  I'd say that in general, romance tends to be more about character development and action/adventure tends to be more about plot (of course there are many exceptions to this rule, and most books contain at least a little of both).  However, I prefer a romance that is realistic and based on the way two people relate to each other rather than looks/some sort of paranormal-based attraction/reincarnation/etc.  I also don't think every romance has to have a happy ending, and I prefer if things aren't tied up in a neat little bow.  As far as action goes, I don't really enjoy reading action scenes just for their own sake--if I'm invested in an action sequence, it's because the author has made me care about the characters involved.

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  1. Yeah, I agree. If I don't care about the characters, I won't really care about the story, the plot & the action, actually about anything (it has happened before), so yeah, I'm all about adventure, but only when I love the characters (actually that counts for every type of book I read) & the storyline is great :)
    I do read lots of romance, I prefer reading how the characters fall in love, I'm not a fan of insta-love & meant to be ;) although even that depends of the authors writing style.
    Lol sorry I sometimes forget myself when I comment :)

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    1. I'm with you--I'm all about the characters!

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  2. I'm not a big fan of books that are romance only, but I like books with romance mixed in as long as it's realistic. I need to care about the characters, too. It's perfect if there's both action and romance, imo, lol. :D

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    1. Yeah, actually, I'm not a huge fan of romance only, either...I like my books to have a nice mix of elements!

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  3. If the book is all about the romance I tend to feel like the story is flat and doesn't have a lot of depth.

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