Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Plot Thickens . . .

This week's Booking Through Thursday question asks for a preference between plots or stream-of-conscious writing.

That's an easy one. Not since I tackled Ulysses in college have I been too enamored of the stream-of-conscious style. I admire books like The Sound and the Fury (see here) for the masterpieces they are, but I generally prefer a good story, well told.

I don't mean I need a lot of action and adventure (although they have their place), but I like things to happen in the book I read. This is clear from my Top 10 list of favorites -- all are plot-driven novels.

I am interested to read answers of people who prefer stream-of-conscious or am I? maybe they could convince me, if my foot didn't itch or I could go get coffee first, just what is conscious, anyway? if a book could really convince . . .

8 comments :

jlshall said...

I really prefer plot-driven books, too. But I think some writers do s-o-c better than others. I've read a few I really liked.

Lori said...

My answer was Plot. Check it out [HERE]

Gwen said...

It is all about the plot for me. I get lost and frustrated otherwise.

Rose City Reader said...

Joy -- I'm interested to read your answer and see what you recommend.

Lori -- Thanks for the link.

Swen -- My attention wanders without a story to follow!

Vicki said...

I can read either

Stephanie said...

My answer is either, it really depends on my mood. It always depends on my mood (lol).

I found you on blog hop Friday.

Have a great weekend!

kinnareads said...

I love stream-of-consciousness but I can't get into Ulysses. I like your taste in books. Visiting via Blog Hop.

Rose City Reader said...

Vivki -- Thanks for visiting!

Stephanie -- Glad you found your way here. My mood almost always leads me to pick out a plot-driven book.

Kinnareads -- When I think s-o-c, I think Ulysses, which may be why I shy away. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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