As usual, the 2016 Armchair BEA event has been
fabulous! I’ve enjoyed everything about it (including the fun Instagram challenges because it gives me an excuse to open a bottle of glitter and sprinkle my books with it), and continue to do so with today’s
topics. The organizers chose topics today that ask us to look beyond books (and
presumably film) to look at alternate forms of media as well as looking beyond
our blog: where else do we interact with fellow book nerds about books.
I’ve chosen to focus on the latter topic since
I’ve written quite a lot about my favorite alternate form of media. Although,
briefly, I will share about a favorite format and provide the links to prior
posts where I talk about said favorites in greater detail.
Beyond the Books
If it counts, my favorite alternate form of
storytelling is web series. I was drawn in with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and later, Emma Approved. As an Austen addict, I loved not only the
contemporary settings of the classic tomes, but also the format. Who’d have
thought Austen could work in web series?
Since those ended, I did try a few others, and
haven’t been nearly as enchanted by them, which is why I’ve left the format
(for now) behind with fond memories of Pemberley Digital’s LBD and Emma Approved. I also bought a Jane
Austen comic book for Northanger Abbey although
I’ve not yet read it. Still, it looks fun – and who knows. Perhaps that’ll be
my next obsession in an alternate form of Story.
What other forms of media or stories do you
like/follow? Comment down below with your thoughts on this topic.
If I’m not discussing books on my website,
it’s a good bet I am on Twitter, email or Goodreads. For example, I recently
took part in a Twitter read-along with two of my #BookBesties! It was such a
fun time, and of course, it helped that we were all ecstatic about the book we
Sadly, my Goodreads profile has fallen behind.
I used to be very active there, but since the first 5 months of a new year are
busy for me (because of other commitments, which I’ll explain more about in my
“third” beyond the blog point), I have to let some things “go” that is given
more attention in the latter part of the year. Sadly, Goodreads seems to be
elected. Still, I love it! It’s a fun place to meet new readers and discover
new novels, to say nothing of the fact that it often gives me my first glimpse
of new book covers. (I’m a bit addicted to see all the new Cover Candy, which
my many blog posts titled as such can attest to.)
The third avenue where I interact about books
outside of here is acting as one of five bloggers and writers who make up an
Advisory Board for an inspirational book award program. The first of us have
worked together for three years now, and I love it. We have such fun in our
discussions and the aftermath when (while our judging panels read and chose the
final winners), we feature the authors who we shortlist and enjoy conversing
with readers who support our program.
Where else do you interact with readers and
bloggers? I’d love to read about your favorite bookish places to hang out.