I often run into this as a description of a type of writing: "character driven". What would be an example of an SF fiction book that isn't driven by the characters? Is there a counter example? I can think of sections in books that describe events unattached to the beings that caused them - a synopsis of history or the maneuver of a docking spacecraft. But that is not the way an entire story is written, as far as I have ever seen. What does "character driven" mean to you? What does it promise, and what is its antithesis without stating a pejorative?