Do you think the story was plot-based or character driven?

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Do you think the story was plot-based or character driven?

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Do you think the story was plot-based or character driven? I think it was plot-based as the characters weren't that deep, with the exception of Sara and Myra.
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The story had aspects of being both plot-based and character-driven. The generational connection of a grandparent taking so trek with their grandchild drove the character-driven sections while the danger of Sarah disappearing forever drove the plot-based sections.

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Ferdinand_otieno wrote:The story had aspects of being both plot-based and character-driven. The generational connection of a grandparent taking so trek with their grandchild drove the character-driven sections while the danger of Sarah disappearing forever drove the plot-based sections.
Well put! You got a point.
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I think it was more plot-driven, just because I didn't really feel any real connection with the characters and I felt their background stories were presented a bit too thin.
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In my opinion, the author story here is primary. His projection of the importance and relevancy of the Indian culture and its perpetuity is key, even in the face of the encroaching modernity. Characterisation come second.

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The story is mainly character-driven .we found every character connected with the other. Characters of Sara and Tom are quite dominant in a story. Which makes even plot character - driven.
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I think it was plot-based. I really like character driven books but this book had more plot than character development. That's probably the reason I didn't connect with it as much as I would have liked.
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I think it was more plot-driven because, like you said, the characters weren't all that deep. Well, unless we're counting the Olympic Peninsula as a character because, man, did he describe that with vivid detail and give it a real personality.

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Mallory Whitaker wrote:I think it was more plot-driven because, like you said, the characters weren't all that deep. Well, unless we're counting the Olympic Peninsula as a character because, man, did he describe that with vivid detail and give it a real personality.
Right! :lol2:

The setting had more life than the characters. He's very talented at setting the scene of a story.
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Amagine wrote:
Mallory Whitaker wrote:I think it was more plot-driven because, like you said, the characters weren't all that deep. Well, unless we're counting the Olympic Peninsula as a character because, man, did he describe that with vivid detail and give it a real personality.
Right! :lol2:

The setting had more life than the characters. He's very talented at setting the scene of a story.
lol The setting was well drawn indeed.
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Quinto wrote:In my opinion, the author story here is primary. His projection of the importance and relevancy of the Indian culture and its perpetuity is key, even in the face of the encroaching modernity. Characterisation come second.
It's definitely true that his primary interest was about the projection of the culture. Everything else came second.
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The story was definitely plot driven but towards the end, I could see a little more of the characters driving the story.
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I think it is a mixture of both, although there was no back-story to the characters, the reader had the chance to grow with them and experience everything that happened to them. And the settings for the story were very well developed.

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I would say that the story is predominantly plot based. People learn and change but the plot is stronger.
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The story plot was so interesting that the characters - even though they were strong and well developed, they had no chance to compete with the plot of the story.
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