As a reader do you prefer a story which moves between two stories or just one all the way through?
As a reader and a writer, sub plots nearly always add to the strength and expectation in the storyline. Sub plots can be used to further explore characters in a different context or add intrigue to the main plot. As a reader I love complexity and something that adds to the experience. Having said all that, a well written story does not necessarily need a subplot. It depends on the quality of the writing. As a reader I probably prefer the value of subplots as they can hook you in even more.
To be honest, I don't like moving between stories, read many excellent novels with this concept - but always felt that it would have been better if there was some more continuity.
You can do anything you want in a story, the only problem is how it is done. If you're not careful with the way you land the readers or you don't show a clear switch from one story to the other, the readers would get confused and would quit reading.
I hope this helps you,
I prefer a story which moves between stories. Some of the best books have been written that way (Dracula by Bram Stoker, and recently, Holes).
It really depends on the book. A single storyline is practically bulletproof, though. Two or more storylines may yield a much better reading experience if they're ballanced, but there is a risk of one storyline becoming more engaging to a level where you become annoyed by the switches.
It is entirely reader dependent. For me I prefer a story that stays the same all the way through for the sole reason that I have a very difficult time concentrating and multiple plots get confusing.
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