When it comes to me enjoying the work of others, I find that I am reading less and enjoying a bit less and turn to writing WAY more.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE, LOVE my anime/manga dearly, yet when I watch anime or read manga and webtoons, I severely want to do what they do but in a way that would greatly please me. Yet even with novels in the west, I also want to do the very same thing.
Like fantasy novels written by George RR Martin and Brandon Sanderson also makes me want to test my skills a bunch.
Yet to read it, besides other lingering issues that prevent me from reading, is that it doesn’t suit me to my liking.
NOTE: My novels/stories are absolute garbage! I am being viciously honest when I say this! It isn’t just me lowering my self esteem and making me out to be a terrible writer. I KNOW I am terrible writer! Yet, I, can become better at it for my sake and strive to get better and stay the best. I am just spitting facts! Don’t attack me or tell me otherwise!
Anyway, I love and like my novels, but when I enjoy the fiction of others it’s hard to enjoy it sometimes. I can’t see their story the way I see mine own. I know this sounds like the whole “why don’t you write fanfiction or draw fanart instead?” shtick, but I don’t want to do those things.
I rather write my own fiction original fiction for me or for me and possibly someone else who would enjoy. Yet, to be a good or decent writer, you have to read the work of others to get a sense of what to or not to do with your own work in order to gain readers that are willing to stick around long enough…right?
Still, I don’t mind gaining inspiration from other works and blending it into my own. Yet at the same time it very much feel like a copy and paste version that I am trying to pass off as some genuine thing (sounds better in my head, forgive me).
There are only few anime/manga/webtoons and novels that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE when it comes to outstanding worldbuilding, awesome characterization, amazing plot and story, and etc…in my personal opinion.
Tower of God.
A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Way of Kings.
There are a bit more, but these are my fave in terms of what I stated. I LOVE TO a write my very own story taking bits and pieces of the listed works of fiction that I love in place it all in a epic ass story (do not get ideas/will do it anyway).
What are your thoughts on this?