Does "Is it compelled with a good story/plot?" work well with the chosen word (compelled)? Or am I misusing it (If so, what's a better alternative)?

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    Compelled means forced. Compelling means fascinating. So the former doesn't work well in your example, so yes, you're misusing it.
    – deadrat
    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:48
  • @deadrat is almost certainly right, but we need to know what it is you're actually trying to say. Compelled is probably wrongly used here, but we can't know for certain if you don't provide you me intended meaning. Oct 3, 2016 at 6:02
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    You might be thinking of "propelled", which means "moved forwards". So someone might say "The film is propelled by a fast-moving narrative" for example. Oct 3, 2016 at 7:24
  • "Impelled" may be intended, too. Hard to say as written.
    – The Nate
    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:09
  • Or, for that matter, the question could be trying to say something like "Did you find yourself compelled by the plot?" which would generally be worded more like "Was the plot compelling?".
    – The Nate
    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:12

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It doesn't sound orthographically correct. You could use "Intrigued" instead.

Is it intrigued with a good story/plot?

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