Both are essential to a good novel.
The characters should serve the plot. They are there to carry the story along and give it meaning. Otherwise the plot is just a series of pointless events.
At the same time the plot should serve the characters. The events in the story should help the characters develop, to take them on a journey of which the reader feels a part.
It's hard to do both simultaneously but that is what I am aiming for in my writing!
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