What is everyone’s opinion on character-driven plots versus story-driven stories? I, myself, am partial to the latter, but I’m curious about what everyone else thinks, and which one you prefer in IF.
For anyone who doesn’t know, plot-driven stories focus on external events and action, while character-driven plots focus on character development and reveal deeper layers of the characters presented.
To clarify, a character-driven story would be like the novels “Everything I never told you” or “The Rest of Us Just Live Here,” which have overarching plots (the investigation of Lydia’s death and surviving until graduation, respectively), but the EXTERNAL story doesn’t drive the plot forward. Instead, it’s about the character’s internal lives, motivations, and self-understanding.
A story-driven plot can still have good characters, BUT the plot is pushed forward by external actions, such as in “Criminal Minds” or the Sherlock Holmes books.
The PREVIOUS poll was largely character-driven, however there was some confusion over what that meant, so I’ve reworded the post.
- Character driven
- Story driven