What 5 elements would your ideal book have?


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HappyTo BeHereTo Profile

Oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen...  Oh wait!  Wrong kind of element.


Visible Villain who gets comeuppance

Undeserved misfortune



Mystery (not necessarily Sherlock Holmes style, but subtle foreshadowing that keeps me guessing.)

That's six.  I can't count.  But hey, this isn't a math problem!

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otis campbell answered

Sex sex sex sex sex ihave to read about it because i cant have any

Kioyre S. Profile
Kioyre S. answered

LOTS of suspense! I don't like correctly predicting the end of books, but I love the reveal of sinister elements and surprises that I would never even think of!

Horror is one of my favourite genres, so a good spook will do! Not necessarily zombies or monsters, or whatever, but something that won't let me sleep at night!

Humour! I love comedic breaks :D

Technical stuff is awesome. I love when authors do their research, or they fabricate a new technology, or they add all these advanced terms that are unique to their world... Super cool!

Finally, I gotta have a lovable character! It doesn't always have to be the protagonist, or even the antagonist, but I love characters that I'll never forget!

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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

1. Storyline

If it doesn't have a good storyline then I'll be on to the next book before you can say boring.

2. Good characters with personal struggles.

I like to see the character(s) struggle with their own demons and win especially when the tension is releaved by humor. A plot is boring if the character(s) don't learn something about themselves.

3. Plot twists

A simple linear storyline can get tedious. I like a plot twist that the character(s) have to overcome and in some cases, cope with.

4. Dark Settings

Not as in a "no light" type of dark but an evilish setting. Medieval or medieval fantasy settings work great for me.

5. Not So Happy Ending

Happy endings are a dime a dozen and far too easy to predict **cough** Hallmark channel **cough**. I like the character(s) to win but with a sacrifice to themselves or by a near impossible decision that is difficult to make.

Based on my idea for a book, you probably wouldn't want to be one of my characters.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

A main character that is strong as well as somewhat flawed.

Humor. I am one of those people who use humor in tough situations, and I like what I read to have some comic relief.

Twists in the plot. I hate anything predictable.

A storyline that moves along. I hate when stories get bogged down in boring, irrelevant stuff.

I like a book that transports me to a time or place.

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