Alright, so recently, I have run into a problem when it comes to writing. I mostly write short stories in the horror or comedy genres, which is something that I find that I can do quite easily - people praise my ability to build up tension or my humour. However, I have recently dabbled in other kinds of writing. My latest endeavour was a relatively long story. I will spare you the details, but when sending it to others, they praised the atmosphere and the storyline. They did, however, find my character interactions and, to an extent, my characters to be somewhat lacking. I have heard this argument when trying to write outside of my usual genres before, so I took notice of this. To be honest, when I read a book, the characters are largely vessels for moving the story along. I do not care much for when one of them dies or whether a couple gets together - they are, after all, not real. Since I can apparently write good horror stories that are pretty much devoid of characterisation, I do not see why this suddenly becomes important in other genres. A lot of people have said that all the best stories are character-driven. While this may be true, I have yet to find more than a couple of characters that I could identify with and might actually care about. I'm guessing that this is a flaw of mine, but I really don't get it: Why are characters so important? Why can you not just enjoy the story, the atmosphere, etcetera? Why does every story have to involve personal drama in order to get people invested? Furthermore, how do you get people to be invested?