My experiment in attempts to read whilst in a general state of cantankerousness made me wonder about something regarding reading habits. So, a poll! The question concerns works of fiction -- fannish or non -- but not things like PWP or character study vignettes, because those often lack at least some of the below.
Pick one element of fiction that you absolutely cannot do without [given that all the others are also present]
Internal character monologue [i.e. thoughts/feelings regarding the action]
Action [not counting dialogue]
Backstory [if given outside dialogue/internal thoughts/setting description]
Something else [please comment]