The idea fountain never stops running. Sometimes it’s a trickle, others it’s a full-blast fire hose, but it’s always dropping thoughts into my lap and I have to set them aside or I’d never finish anything!
Recently, the genre of Lit RPG (literature role playing games) has taken off and I’ve been reading some new work. Lit RPG contains stories like Ready Player One, where the protagonist dives into a video game, and the majority of the plot takes place there. The best books I’ve read contain an external plot (outside of the game) and an internal one, usually linked together in some way.
A friend gave me my first recommendation in Awakened Online, which starts with Catharsis and I subsequently blew through this series as fast as I could. It’s still in progress, so I’m eagerly awaiting the next book, but the story so far involves the main character developing into a world-enemy, his magic based in darkness, and his power turning things into zombies! There are currently 5 books in the series, which comprises three novels and two short stories.
Next up is the series I’m currently reading, Archemi Online (you may notice a pattern here). The first book is Dragon Seed, which, quite frankly, is a hook that doesn’t pay off until the final chapter! I’m less fond of the IRL premise in this series as it seem to be an excuse to get players in game and doesn’t seem to weigh in on the plot at all, but I’ll give it a few more books before I give up hope on that front.
Of course, the more I look into this genre, the more I want to write one of my own. I have some thoughts about a fantasy litrpg to publish on Tami and some additional thoughts about a superhero litrpg that would go under S.T. Lynn. I’ve been writing those ideas down in the hopes I’ll be able to add one or both projects to my to-do list next year.