I don't think that sacrificing character development – especially that of minor characters – for the sake of the plot is necessarily a sign of bad writing. Maybe this is coming from those endless spy thrillers and ancient sci-fi/western/crime novels that I grew up reading (my parents would buy me only a certain number of books because otherwise I'd be reading them all day and do nothing else. so when I was tired of reading the same books over and over again, I would just invade my father's/grandfather's bookshelves for more), but I do know that plot-driven writing can be good and entertaining, and that there *are* readers who will put plot over character. It's not my cup of tea, certainly – I'm all about the characters. I will read/watch as long as the characters entertain me. I mostly don't even *notice* plot-holes the way other people do. I can't exactly tell *when* I discovered that, except that after I did, there was no going back. I can never enjoy my dad's spy thrillers the way I did back then. But poor writing? I don't think so. If the HP books suffer it's because they try to be somewhere in the middle.
All hail Jane Austen. No one could get plot *and* character right the way she did.
Edie is officially my favourite Desperate Housewives character. Did I mention that she needs to be slashed with Susan
It's November. It *feels* like November, with the chill and the lovely sunshine and the short days. I love November.
Of course, November also means changing seasons, which means the Inevitable Cold, and considering how quickly I go from cold->cough->*iz ded from asthma*, I'm going to have to be very, very careful. I've had enough of this shit this year. Now I just have to remember to take the meds in time.