The Armchair BEA team says: There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?
I am all about the words.
I’ve tried listening to a few audiobooks recently; not my thing. I’ve read one comic collection; enjoyed it, but definitely spent more time reading the words than admiring the artwork. And while I’ve never read a novel that incorporated multimedia, I must admit I’m skeptical.
Not to say I don’t appreciate stories told in other formats – movies, television, music, theatre – but when it comes to books… I just want to read.
One nontraditional book that’s piqued my interest (but I’ve yet to actually read) is S., by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. Amy wrote a review at Burning the Bridges that pretty much sums up everything about the book that excited me and yet confirms all the reasons I’m hesitant to give it a go. And while I don’t know if this book qualifies as “more than just words” – it has words put together in unusual ways, yes, but they’re still words – the reasons I hesitate to pick this up are very similar to my feelings about multimedia novels.
And I get that we live in exciting times and there are new technologies just begging to be used in new ways, and that while not everything along the way is going to work, there’s an incredible potential there… but while the idea excites me, it’s just hard for me to get on board with specific examples.
What can I say? I’ve never been an early adopter.
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What stories have you enjoyed that are more than just words?