October 26, 2009

On Character vs. Plot

Is it just me, or are character-driven shows, books, and movies more interesting and consistently good than plot-driven drivel?

For example, Twilight is plot-driven. The characters are flat, cut-and-paste, and don't develop. The twists and turns of the plot are the only things keeping people reading. It's pulp fiction.

On the other hand, Cheers is a character-driven show. You take a bunch of interesting people and put them in a bar and let them bounce off each other. They hardly ever have scenes take place outside that one bar.

And it's hilarious.

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