What's good narrative?

We all have our own preferences when it comes to novels. For me, I like lyricism and character development. There are other readers, though, that are more plot-focused. Some prefer an overt message, while still others enjoy an ambiguous ending. Whether it's characters, diction, sentence structure, or dialogue, we'd like to know what you're attracted to when it comes to writing. There's all sorts of good writing out there, and it varies enormously. That's part of the beauty of it. So chat with us-- what to you is good narrative, and why?