Here were my initial answers
- An amazing world to travel through
- Characters I can become friends with. People I hate.
- Great plots that are solid and believable
In the course of reading over these “answers”, I realized something. Teachers in university would hate this answers (I’m still fresh out of school folks, yes)!
What a lack of imagination, answering those questions so dully. So, I tried again, crafting these three responses instead.
- Dynamic, vibrantly colorful worlds that are entirely new; full of places I couldn’t visit myself, unless the author took me there himself. Said another way, I want someone so clearly insane that only they could create the world in their mind and then I would have them transport me to that place. Which makes me equally insane (It’s very avant grav to be insane right now).
- Characters that are true people, ideals living within and through them, causing their decisions. All of them need some kind of inner strength, a piece of themselves that keep me going as well.
- Plots that are ramrod true and dependable. Able to support the highest level of scrutiny, allowing cause and effect to drive the story. (Something I always have thought of as wrong is that moment when you’re running a game with the cheats on and you throw in some element to *randomly* balance the scales, either in your favor or against. Playing god with the story isn’t right.)
Now I’ve more fully answered the part of the question that asks what I as the reader want. If I were to go through it again, I’d answer it even better.
Posting personal thoughts like this are meant to inspire you to answer your own questions more fully, especially as they relate to what we read. Be descriptive. Be aware of what you want. Then you can actually get what you want. I’d be hard pressed to give the first “generic” reader what he wanted to read.
But the second? That’s a reader I could please.