When writing a story involving magic, which do you prefer dealing with: A strong and highly developed system of magic that possibly contain unique mechanics to your story or A simple, basic magic system that isn't entirely integral to what happening in the story, but it's part of the world nonetheless This question an extend to reading as well. Do strong magic systems make or break a book for you? And conversely, do weak magic systems make or break the book? I've had attempted writing with both and I generally prefer the basic magic system with a small twist of originality. Every attempt I've made at creating unique magic systems either doesn't sit well with the setting of my stories or end up so convoluted that it's hard to grasp everything about it, even for me.