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29 April 2007, 01:37 AM   #1
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Story, or characterization...?

This seems to be a preference that differs from writer to writer...

On one hand the concept can be very important.  You need to keep the reader interested,
There are some Fictions that focus purely on concept, and very little on characterization.
For instance, "Ishmeal", or arguably "1984"

Also, I've seen that a good concept, can be a form of characterization.  this is usually,
through Symbols, or some times in an allegorical sense. Like, "Animal Farm", or "Neon

On the other hand, Ive seen many fictions that have terrible concept, and great
characterization. These books tend to keep me very interested. for instance... the screen
plays for the "The Office" or "Scrubs"

The two, obviously can be mixed.  and, having both, is the best way to go about it.  Some
good instances of this are, "Cowboy Bebop", or Niel Gaimens "American Gods"

I myself, Tend to lean towards the "Character writing" branch.  

What do you guys think?

29 April 2007, 01:41 AM   #2
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I agree with your choice
Though I like to create,some orignials ones

29 April 2007, 01:45 AM   #3
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Yeah, concept is very important to me, too. Characterization, is just, in my
opinion...the more important thing.

29 April 2007, 01:47 AM   #4
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I also agree with your choice!!  

29 April 2007, 01:56 AM   #5
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C'mon guys...elaborate... This is a discussion...

29 April 2007, 01:59 AM   #6
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i'll elaborate when its not 2 AM thank you very much
so later i'll come back and edit what i said earlier

29 April 2007, 10:18 AM   #7
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The story seems more important to me. I perfer having the concept down and have an idea
about where this is going.

The character's are more like second place, to me. The story is much more deeper than the
characters placed in it.

The story could have a very deep meaning and all you would think about is the drunk half
sister of the main character. That's like, woah dude the story is about animal abuse and
your stuck on a drunk girl.

But you do have a point with the characters! Characters bring the concept to life, on
screen and in books. The characters do play an important role, so I understand.

Like you said, I love "The Office" and live for "Scrubs". The shows may focus on how
people go throughout their day working, but the characters make the show funnier. Like I
love Dwight, Pam, Jim, and Micheal, from the office. Their antics and personalities are

I can see where your going, but I perfer the story all the way.

29 April 2007, 11:41 AM   #8
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w/e wat ever

29 April 2007, 04:16 PM   #9
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I agree with your choice also, yet I think that the story is a bit more important than
the characterazation.
I aslo think Ideas of your own is a great choice.

29 April 2007, 06:36 PM   #10
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I agree that story is important, and that some stories are better focused on plot. 
However, I find it difficult to place the story in importance of characterization...

I think that it might depend on the peice of literature.

30 April 2007, 01:36 AM   #11
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I believe that the story itself is more important, but that is my style of writing. I
like the characters to be very well thought out, with excellent personality and
background, but my stories tend to lean towards the fate side of things. The characters
are kind of there to see that the story is acted out in accordance with my wishes.
However, there is nothing they can do to change it. I really don't know how to describe
it. It is like they walked in on something they have absolutely no control over. The story
is full and vibrant to me, while the characters kind of take a backseat to the events
unfolding around them.

30 April 2007, 02:52 AM   #12
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I guess to me, The characters have more power, because I tend to believe in the power to
change your fate. This probably gets through in my writing.  In fact a lot of my stories
deal with the fate of my chara and how fate bend around them.

30 April 2007, 03:54 PM   #13
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I think that the story is important because without it the characters are just people to
think about, the story gives them personality and stuff

the characters are also important because they give the story something to help focus on,
example in Hatchet without Brian the story would just be a plane crash with a kid whoo
survived and must find a way to get back home. Brian helpes show you what its like
surviving in the wilderness after a plane crash and helps show you what to do.

both the story and the characterization are important

30 April 2007, 05:30 PM   #14
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Well, I think it all kinda depends on what kinda story youre writing. Like in stories
about fantasy worlds its pretty important to have good characters and good sceneries. 
   But in mystery books, its better to have a good story line so the characters dont just
sit there while something very suspenseful is happening elsewhere. Plus, in mystery books,
theres always the typical character: smart, serious, and sly.

30 April 2007, 05:33 PM    #15
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See, in that I disagree with you.  I don't believe genres demand a certain kind of
characterization one way or the other.  In fact, I think the best stories are the ones
that play on your expectations.  Keep you guessing on what the character is gonna do next.

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