“What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?”
I like reading non-novel books. I mean, there’s lots of ways to write a book. I myself have enjoyed some non-novel books lately. Here, look:
1. Pastrix, by Nadia Bolz-Weber :: a memoir (ish, thing) of a lady who became a Lutheran pastor. Sometimes it challenged me, sometimes it made me laugh, but I think it was a very raw version of Christianity we don’t see often enough.
2. Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle :: another memoir about a Catholic priest who works with gang members in California. A very different version of raw Christianity, but still important to hear.
3. Olympians, by George O’Connor :: graphic novel series (IT COUNTS OKAY) of the Greek myths; I just reviewed the seventh one, and I loved it.
4. A Fine and Pleasant Misery, by Patrick F. McManus :: short stories originally written for newspaper about camping; when you read it, it’s like you’re sitting with pine needles in your butt listening to the stories with campfire smoke in your eyes, and they are beautiful.
Those are the most prominent. Yeah, I read a lot of novels. But you know what I really love, more than novels? Stories.
All of the books I just listed tell stories. Stories, stories, stories. And what is more beautiful than a story?
Stories about baking bread, and sleeping with your housemates’ significant others when they aren’t around, and being forgiven even though you are cranky and cantankerous (and aren’t we all?).
Stories about gangs—about watching kids kill each other on the street—about having a girl my age hop into the office, excited that she’s pregnant because she wants to have kids before she dies.
Stories about the gods: stories that teach you to admire Hera, to respect Zeus, to fear Poseidon, to pity Ares, to understand Aphrodite, and to love Hades even more than you already did.
Stories about adventure and misery. Stories about friendship. Stories about making stupid mistakes, and being somewhat over it by now.
It doesn’t take a novel to capture me. It doesn’t take a novel to remind me that I love to read when I forget. And it doesn’t take a novel to punch you in the gut with all the emotional weapons known to man.
I admire people who have those stories to share. They’re captivating. Branding. And if you swear off non-novel formats in principle, I tell you: you are missing out. Lots.
Do you write non-novel format? Do you read non-novel format? Tell me about it! Any recommendations?
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