I love reading - since an early age I have devoured every single book that I could get my hands on. To this day, reading is my activity of choice to wind down after a long day of hard work.
While there's many incredible published books out there, today I'd like to talk about Web Serials.
What is a web serial?
A web serial is a new method of writing, employed by online authors who prefer to put out consistent content on a recurring basis and get rapid feedback from their readers. These stories often grow and evolve dynamically as their readership waxes and wanes. For many authors, this is an easy way to rapidly check the viability of a story, rather than slaving away for years and then fighting with publishers.
Where do I find these web serials?
Typically, these stories are born on an existing platform where there is a strong reading community. Sometimes they will branch out and start posting on their own site, and other times they will stay on the platform where they started.
Some good sources:
Various reddit threads like this one have more lists and recommendations.
Here are some of my favorite stories (many of which are still ongoing).
- http://www.hpmor.com/ - a fascinating Harry Potter Fanfic, which explores the premise of Harry being a super genius with a scientific background. The plot is simply astounding.
- https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/21220/mother-of-learning - excellent story set in a fantasy world where the main character fights with his brain, not brawn.
- https://wanderinginn.com/table-of-contents/ - this is a stunning novel, standing at an insane 10 million words. I'm still working my way through it, but already this is one of the BEST fantasy series I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
- https://deathworlders.com/ - an HFY classic, a Sci-Fi fantasy story set in the near future. Excellent worldbuilding and character development. Still ongoing, but probably going to get wrapped up in 12-18 months judging by the plot and pace.