Plot V. Character

It sometimes feels like people look down on you slightly if you show preference for an action-packed adventure novel over a thought-provoking, metaphor-laced novel that investigates the many layers in a character’s personality. Sure, I love a good weird book every now and then that might not have a particularly block-blustery plot-line, but follows some great character arcs, such as Room by Emma Donoghue (well… it was interesting. And uncomfortable).

But personally, I usually like a good mix. Fabulous adventures with empty characters leave me feeling let-down (and make me think how I could have done it better), whereas solely character-driven books can get a little bit tedious. I love books where rounded characters get up to mischief and mayhem, so you both can’t put the book down with excitement, but would also care if someone was killed off.

Which is more important to you, plot or character? Also, in your favourite book, which is stronger? (look hard…the difference may only be slight)

If you write, which comes more naturally to you, delving into someone’s psyche or stitching together rip-roaring action?

Maeve x

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Coming Soon: The Quint Trilogy

Coming within the next two weeks will be some in-depth character discussions on different people from The Quint Trilogy. I’ll write about some of the main characters, then do a post about the series’ setting, and about other books that base their plots in other worlds. To finish off the in-depth look at this trilogy, I will write a post about how the format – third person and with detailed pictures – affects the reading experience.

I hope you’ll enjoy this first in-depth look at a specific series. Expect more in the future!

 

If I Could Be a Character From a Book, I’d Be…

One of the most carefree characters in existence, Artemisia Blastside, Piratic Captain, and ledgendary daughter of Piratica.

Also, Elizabeth Bennet… star of the best book ever written, Pride and Prejudice.

Art Blastside is the brave, fearless, noble pirate queen of a world sort of like ours in the 1800s, but slightly different.

She's outspoken, she leaps before looking, and she can command a room. Self-confident, smart, agile and heroic (she helps save french rebels, ect.), she doesn't even kill those she steals from.

If I could make her slightly less pig-headed, and ask her not to risk her relationship with Felix Phoenix and his icy-white hair, She would be my dream character.

Imagine the life of care-free sailing, after been granted governmental support, the safety and beauty of the wide open sea.

It all starts to go a bit awry for her in book number three, and she makes some choices and mistakes that were really, really crummy.

I think I'd love to be her beacause she's so different to me: she's self-confident, loud, brave, and not scared of heights.

If I was to choose another character to be, it would be Elizabeth Bennet. As readers of my blog – bookheaven.wordpress.com – know, I am a gigantonormous fan of Pride and Prejudice. My whole life is based around it; my decor is decidedly country 1800s. I love the charm of nineteenth century life, and love how se is different, not shy, and not afraid to be herself. She believes that it is wrong to think of yourself as not as important as the wealthier- it is this charm and confidence that attracts Mr. Darcy. Yet again, it is her confidence and self-worth that makes me want to be her.

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Twilight:New Moon Exclusive Content

Yes, I’m as excited as everybody else. I promised myself I would never ever get caught up in the torrent of any fandom, yet here I am.  After all, I do love the books.

This widget is more than a count down- scroll through the videos, pictures and character profiles as well. I’d never put a widget that was just  a timer on Book Heaven… well maybe I would, if it was veeery pretty…

Oh and here’s a totally cute version of the Twilight books cover- I just edited it on Open Office Writer. It would be a cool 10th anniversary cover, if it was all done in metalic silver, and the picture was embossed…