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Friday, July 03, 2020

The junk food or The best online novel so far

While I was delving into the Reincarnation of The strongest Sword God (the Reincarnation in the further text), I was naturally curious what the others might think about the novel. Judging from comments found elsewhere, I would guess the novel was absolutely terrible. But this notion did not correspond with its enormous popularity and high rankings.

Well, sort of ...

As I am not fond of drawing my opinion from other people's remarks, allow me to share my review on the Reincarnation with you.

The whole serial novel is an excellent example of how online work should look like. I have to tip my hat to the author, for the stunt he pulled is extraordinary - at least in my eyes. Not only he or she kept me reading for two weeks nonstop, but he even got better and better while delivering the next chapters.

Not impressed? Just ask your typical Hollywood screenwriters and directors why they regularly fail to do so. Their sequels tend to suck.

For reference, I have checked a few similarly ranked Asian novels (MMORPG Martial gamer for instance) and even though I found them enjoyable, I would not dare to compare them to the Reincarnation.

From my point of view, I would put the Reincarnation on par with William King's Felix and Gortrek, the golden standard of modern action fantasy.

King and Lucky Old Cat do not pretend they care about shipping some profound literature; they offer beefy and straightforward action, with no romantic nonsense. In a sense, the story reads like Caesar's Gallic wars,  a remarkable war diary from the future MMORPG mixed with daily news, here supplied by voices of anonymous passersby. A quite unusual technique if you ask me. But it works just fine.

Frankly, the Reincarnation hardly ingratiate itself to everyone; on contrary, I believe there is a high probability you may dismiss it completely.

Do you want to know why?

Deduce points from total ranking if you
  • do not like computer game,
  • are incapable to accept cultural differences between your country and China,
  • consider certain repetitions as detrimental and unacceptable.

If you have a problem with the last bullet, what about asking whether typical Western films or books do not suffer from the same issue?

The Good prevailing over the Evil feels like a terrible déjà vu in that regard, don't you think? Or what about a typical romance?

On the Internet, I have found some comments, in which the community downplays the Reincarnation as junk food. Seriously, those fans seem unable to wrap their heads around the fact they enjoyed the novel, which was severely lacking in their eyes.

But this is a misconception. First, Lucky Old Cat was lucky (pun intended) with his/her translators and editors. Guys, if you read this, my sincere kudos to you. I could never translate such an enormous number of chapters (2400 chapters as of now!). I had even troubles to complete the reading, let alone to edit or translate such a monstrous text.

And as for literal and gaming prowess of the author, what can I say? Since I was fortunate enough to consume a great deal of books, including classics, you better skip any condescending remarks.

No, it is not like I am an uneducated fool who does not know his stuff. I am just honest when I say I did appreciate meeting She Feng, Aqua Rose, and the others from Zero Wing. The inner quality is there, just do not be afraid to embrace it.

Similarly to Marquise the Sade who suffered by sore eyes when he was about to finish his Justine, I, either, cried in pain when I got through 2400+ chapters on my mobile. Do you really think I am masochistic enough to endure such torture for any random novel?

To conclude, go for it if you can. It is worth it.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Protect your eyes

If you are serious about online reading, you may end up with strained eyes since online novels often bring an unlimited number of chapters, covering more than a thousand pages.
Do yourself a favor and buy yourself an e-ink reader, no matter what type or brand. Reading anything on screen with its sources of light, like a monitor or mobile phone, is excruciating and should be avoided.
In the same vein, as soon as a novel piques your interest, try searching the Internet for a version, available for download, typically in epub, pdf or mobi format. Or, if your e-ink reader has a comfortable browser (which is frankly doubtful, given the current limitation of e-ink display), just read the novel online from dedicated webpages.
Saying that the responsible writers amongst you should have already realized the implication of lines written above. Since readers are your customers, treat them properly, and prepare your novel in such format variants.
As long as your novel reaches a greater quantity of pages, spare the eyes of your followers by providing downloadable files.
The same goes for novel providers. If the site lives from advertisement, at least do your best to adjust the content for a clumsy interface of e-ink devices.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Online novels for everyone

Reading or writing novels online is a vast land of unexplored traps and opportunities. To speak in the language of my alma mater, we are dealing with inter-disciplinary challenges, some of them being old, some of them being new.

Even thing as trivial as reading seems no longer to be a simple undertaking. We have to consider many aspects of absorbing content from various electronic devices, be them monitors, phones, or e-ink screens. And what about the enormous number of content providers and platforms?

Writing poses even more headaches; the successful authors do not need services of publishing houses anymore. In the end, aspiring novices are left clueless since the seasoned grizzled writers have no valuable piece of advice for them. All has changed.

The old days are becoming a laughingstock. No more a condescending editor rules the book market, no more we care for words of established critics. Readers are fully entitled to pick any story they like, no matter whether the story meets the requirements of publishing houses or not.

Meanwhile, the eastern tigers show their fangs and claws, receiving a help from western translators, who spare no effort to bring something completely different to their brethren.

English is thriving as a widespread world language with no almost no strict rules, coming in many flavors and vocabularies. Readers in English have to be forgiving creatures, hence, even though a lot of online novels would hardly pass medium English standards, they still manage to capture their audience.

Welcome to where everything is possible. Contribute to blurred knowledge on what online novels are and what they should be. Share your articles, blog posts, tips, novels, experiences, marketing skills, or whatever you deem related to the fascinating and blooming century of online reading and writing.

If you intend to help me spread the word, you are more than welcome to contact me. Let’s build this Quora Space together.