Who would Bonnie be without Clyde? What about Romeo without Juliet? Ernie would never be the same without Bert and that is a fact. All these partnerships thrive because of them being together. This is called 'codependency', when you rely on your partnerships, require their support. In writing, how astounding the story will become at the end depends on the relationship of the skill of the author and the character he weaves with it. Each line that is uttered, each action that is done, the way they react with one another. A story is created through all these small gears, as if in clock, that work and move as if one. Each wave to make an ocean, each breeze to make the wind.
Whenever I read a book I get drawn to a character. Perhaps he is my favorite character or I find him utterly repulsive, but I always get drawn to a character wherein I feel that they are real.
Conveying enough emotion, being human. The pages in-between myself and the character is a small barrier that authors must cross, get their characters past those thin, millimeter thick paper. Beautiful writing is for poetry, but beautiful writing and strong character, now that is what is put into a great story!
You may have a story that doesn't seem to stand out when the plot is written on paper, but if you have a great character to lead a reader through the story it may end up amazing. Now, take this and compare it to the idea of having a unique story that catches a lot of eyes from just reading the blurb at the back but having a seemingly flat and dull character as the main. When someone reads, you don't just see how a story unfolds but also...