I just finished watching King Kong. Probably one of my favorite movies, seriously. Even though it wasn't the first time I had seen it, I still can't tear myself away from the screen. If you haven't watched it yet, I won't ruin it for you, but from the point they get to the island, every scene is sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-bite-your-nails intense. Which brings me to the point of this post.
Lately my mind has been on pacing. Right now I'm working on a story that has quite a few character-driven scenes, rather than plot-driven. After watching the movie, I feel like this story is, well, boring compared to the nonstop action of King Kong. But the stories are so different. Which is more intense? A battle scene? Or an argument between two lovers? Maybe there's no difference between the two.
And maybe this is me thinking too much into it, but even if I wanted to incorporate some kind of action scene into a contemporary, would be nothing compared to the intensity of Kong's island? Creatures and guns don't belong in some stories. This could be a good thing. When someone picks up a book about relationships and real life, that's probably what they're looking for. I can give the reader the kind of intensity that belongs here. Unrequited love, hospital drama, the unraveling or strengthening of friendships.
So, in conclusion. My story isn't boring, it's just different. There's a whole new aspect to intensity when it comes to what could actually happen, in contrast to the impossible.
What do you think? What's more intense? Characters or plot?