Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about
them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The
stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the
tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they
sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and
authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good
books and authors do not?
This one is difficult. Character definitely is a big part of why I like any book. I couldn't finish Trainspotting because I just didn't give a damn what happened to anybody in the book anymore. Stephen King has a great way with character and dialogue; even if the story sucks sometimes you keep reading because of the characters. Imagery is important; imagery is why I like reading Gaiman, although he is good all around. He is the best starting point generator and all of his stuff I've read has a very particular sense of place. I wonder if that is because he wrote comics so long? Plot is a big deal. I never read chick lit and hardly read thrillers because they all have the same plot. I mean all chick lit has the same plot and most thrillers have the same plot, not that the two genres have the same ones as each other. Though that might make them better. I may not pick up the latest Kellerman or Crichton but hand me a 150 year old book by Alexandre Dumas and I love it because of the story. Asimov also has ok character but awesome story.
This is rambly I know. Hope it gives some idea as to why I like what I like.