Hi guys! Welcome to my post on the March TCWT blog chain! This will be my last TCWT blog chain post, as I turn 21 the beginning of April. So we better enjoy it! The topic this month is "What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?"
To be fully honest, I get most of my story time from novels, particularly YA novels. I pick up lots of reading material in general, just because I love to read, but the YA novel is my art form of choice for reading and writing. However, I can offer some thoughts on other forms of storytelling.
For example, I admire novels in unusual formats. I like ones with mixed forms: prose and poetry together, for example, or ones told partly in blog format or partly through news clippings or partly through photos, or partly through whatever other multimedia-ish thing we can get going on. I'll even go for books told entirely through witness accounts, like one I recently enjoyed, World War Z. But I always want that prose in there--I don't tend to enjoy novels in verse, though I like the idea in theory. I've only written one novel in that style myself, WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL, which has song lyrics included in between sections of prose. Perhaps in the future, I'll try more of this out myself.
My second choice in stories when it comes to reading/viewing is TV and movies. I have a collection of TV shows to which I'm extremely dedicated, most of them from the BBC. I'm not as big of a movie fan as some people, but I watch the movies that catch my eye--primarily ones based off of other texts, like superhero movies or book adaptations. I appreciate the storytelling in these and often use them to increase the power of my novel writing. Steven Moffat is one TV writer whom I consider to be a writing idol. I spend a fair amount of time analyzing his work and trying to learn from it.
I don't think I'd ever be a TV writer myself, since I'm so loyal to novel writing, but if I were to pick a second favorite for writing, it'd probably also be scripts. I haven't done many, but the entire field interests me. I hope to take a creative writing class in that area before I graduate college.
My third reading choice is also in the script arena, though sadly I've not read much of it: plays. I like Shakespeare well enough, but in college, I got to read Trifles and adored it. I'd like the chance to read more plays like that, but it's harder to sift through plays to find the right genre, I think. My fourth reading choice would be nonfiction, primarily texts looking at psychology or historical accounts from traditionally unheard perspectives: minority races, etc. I like to get those new points of view and learn to better understand the human mind. Stories and people, for me, are intrinsically connected.
In writing, my third choice would be poetry and my fourth short fiction, though I don't really enjoy either of these. Poetry I can do for myself, but generally not an audience. Short forms just don't really work for me. I like having all that space to get in deep and explore what's happening in the character's mind and create a complex plot. But I do have experience with both of these, as a creative writing major, and I can tell you right now I have no idea what kind of nonfiction I'd write, haha. Well, this blog. If this blog counts, we'll actually put that as my second favorite for writing, above drama, because I do it all the time and I love it. <3
In basis, while I enjoy different kinds of storytelling and am willing to explore a bit, my home territory is the novel, particularly the YA novel, and I intend to stay comfortably there. With so much to read in that area every year and so much emotion to draw from in writing it, I'm happy to explore in that territory. Let's be honest, there's a lot to find!
Thanks for reading! I'll see you next time for a list of blog post ideas for both readers and writers. If you'd like to follow along with the rest of the blog chain, here are the links:
6th – http://www.ch1con.tumblr.com
7th – Me! Here! Today!
8th – http://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com
9th – http://rcubedreadsreviews.blogspot.com/
10th – http://ramblingsofaravis.wordpress.com/
11th – http://arielkalati.blogspot.com/
12th – http://semilegacy.blogspot.com/
13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
14th – http://abookishflower.wordpress.com/
15th – https://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/
16th – http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/
17th – http://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/
18th – http://whileishouldbedoingprecal.weebly.com/
19th – http://jasperlindell.blogspot.com.au/
20th – http://allisonthewriter.wordpress.com/
21st – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
22nd – http://from-stacy.blogspot.com/
23rd – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
24th – https://introspectioncreative.wordpress.com/
25th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/
26th – http://stayandwatchthestars.wordpress.com/
27th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/
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