There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it's comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc. there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just words and use other ways to experience a story.This is a great topic because it goes hand-in-hand with diversity. The 'novel' that we nowadays consider standard is an incredible Western thing! Although arguably the first novel was by Lady Murasaki, the author of The Tale of Genji, written in the early 11th century in Japan, it was popularized and developed in England the early 18th century. Story-telling isn't necessarily done through words on a page. It can be done through actual, verbal story-telling, through paintings or through music. I mean, don't you dare tell me that classical music, despite being instrumental, doesn't tell a story. Back to the original point, I love this topic because I can't wait to see which books and mediums everyone comes up with. I'm waiting to be inspired and have works recommended to me.
But before I move on, let me give you the special books I have read that gave me more:
- Moth by Daniel Arenson - I can always rely on Daniel to write amazing books with beautiful world-building, but for Moth he went even further. On his website he has music, artwork, maps and an encyclopedia for this new world and it makes the reading so immersive!
- Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. by Brian M. Bendis - this was one of the first comic-series that I picked up and I absolutely loved it. Most of the story's emotion and depth really came from the drawings by Alex Maleev and I really had to train myself to not just rush over them. This was really a new experience to me!
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor - I'm not even quite sure what to qualify this as. Technically it is an audio podcast which has a huge number of episodes by now. However, it feels like so much more than that! Cecil Baldwin's voice is amazing and there is such a sense of atmosphere and story-telling to Welcome to Night Vale that I would recommend it to everyone! Also, talking about diversity, this pod cast IS IT!
How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons? Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today's technology to the fullest. Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there's an underrated social media program that you like.Ah social media, both the bane and the blessing of this current generation! I love using social media for a purpose, i.e. for promoting my blog, or for having fun, e.g. Tumblr is all the fun, but I try to not spend too much time on it. I completely fail at this when it comes to Tumblr, but oh well. Below are some of my social media accounts:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/universeinwords
- Tumblr: http://juliwi.tumblr.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/jarw93
- Link: https://clonecorridor.wordpress.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/clonecorridor
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/clone_corridor/
Soo, have you read any comics or listened to audio podcasts? And are you a fan of social media or no?