Discussion: What other forms of storytelling do you read?

 

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Hello all you beautiful people! Welcome to my first discussion post ever! The extremely unpleasant summer weather has turned my brain into mush that I was able to think of a question. Today, my question is, are there any other forms of “books” that you guys read in addition to your genre novels?

Here’s some of my examples:

  1. Novels/Novellas (both self and trad published; physical, ebooks and audiobooks, and pretty much all genres)
  2. Manga (I read it via app, they’re too expensive physically lol)
  3. Manhwa/Webtoon (the Korean version of the one mentioned above)
  4. Comics/Graphic Novels (not a lot but I enjoy I Hate Fairyland!)
  5. Wattpad stories (this was my life in junior high, I’ve read some GREAT stories from here by the way)
  6. Web novels (i.e, Worm)
  7. Translated web novels (mostly east Asian ones, wuxia/xianxia novels that are a bazillion chapters long)

This will seem like a lot, but I really do try to read most of them. The only annoyance that I have with them is the lack of way to track them via Goodreads or any similar app. Reading can definitely get tedious sometimes so I love the fact that I can pretty much rotate between these seven mediums and find something that will catch my interest at the moment. I know I won’t be able to read all of these during my lifetime but I love the freedom I have to immerse myself with all these wonderful stories by awesome writers.

I personally consider all of these to be a form of reading. Book snobs will say that only proper novels can be considered right but that just discounts all the hard work that the authors/creators put into their work just because they didn’t go the traditional, publishing route. You won’t say a piece of artwork isn’t considered legit just because one painted it on a piece of cardboard.

There are so many materials out there that I really do feel like reading is for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the right kind. Humans love stories, we crave good ones in fact. That’s the reason we turn to TV shows or movies or video games when we want stimulation. That’s one of the reasons we are gossips. Good stories make us feel, it riles us up, makes us weep, brings a smile to our faces. It’s about learning that other humans have been through obstacles and that they came through it, and in turn, we can too.

This has been my question for today because I’m curious how diverse each reader can really be. I haven’t seen any book blog that focuses on the other reading materials that I’ve mentioned above and want to know if people might be interested about them. Do you read any of those? Are there more kinds that I’m not aware of? Comment down below, let’s chat!

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Lots of love,

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12 thoughts on “Discussion: What other forms of storytelling do you read?

  1. ~ Angie Elle ~ says:

    I read mostly novels, but I enjoy novellas, too. The only other thing that MIGHT interest me are Graphic Novels, but I won’t give them a go because they are an expensive hobby that I just don’t need. I have enough things to spend money on. LOL But I don’t begrudge anyone anything they want to read. I’m all for expanding your mind.

    I am a huge listener, and a lot of people don’t consider audiobooks reading. But the good news is I get to decide what is reading for me!

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      Oh for sure, I only read graphic novels through my library, I’m quite fortunate that mine has lots of good ones, I can’t justify spending that much on something I will read in less than an hour lol

      And omg yes, I love audiobooks, I’ve even read a study that showed how audiobooks are even more immersive than TV shows and movies so I don’t quite believe that they’re not reading.

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      I haven’t read a lot of it just yet but I do recommend I Shall Seal The Heavens and Coiling Dragon! I would say they start kind of slow but it is so good. The progression of the story is reasonable and the MC is written well. Of course they are hella long but hey, more for us to read! Haha

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  2. Norrie says:

    Outside books from crime, thriller, sci-fi, mystery and similar genre, the weirdest things i used to read were stories written online about The Sims games. Like fan fiction, i suppose? There were some really good ones with proper nice stories and pictures from the game 😀

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