I often see posts about whether to approach their novel from a plot driven perspective or character driven perspective, this type of thinking gets shot down with 'all stories are plot driven, all plots are character driven, you need both,' and while I don't disagree, I feel this misses the point. It's true that if you have bland, boring characters, you can't excuse it with 'well it's plot driven,' but according to this logic, there is no distinction between a plot driven story and a character driven story, and I definitely feel that isn't true. All good plot driven stories need plot development and character development, but a character driven story is when the character development takes such a priority it starts to interfere with plot development. Books such as Scarlet Letter or Catcher in the Rye fill this category. They are considered classics but the plots of these books are minimal, because the entire story is just character development.

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