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I had this awesome idea, and I wanted to write this epic, fantasy-like story. But I needed information on world-building. So, I turned to Amazon and started browsing through some books. I didn’t buy anything, though, and soon got bored of browsing.

Well, a few days later, I’m back on Amazon. In my recommended reading list, I see a novel that’s listed as LitRPG. Now, this is odd in itself because I only ever read non-fiction and romance novels. But the title was so weird that I clicked it. To my surprise, this book had nearly a five star rating. The author had mostly favorable reviews, and the negative ones were based more on personal prejudices rather than judging the merit of the book.

I usually take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt, but since this book was available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to see what the hype was about. Now, I wasn’t exactly impressed by the first paragraphs. The main character was so damned negative and sarcastic.

But for some odd reason, I kept reading and reading. Before I realized it, I'd made it to the second half of the book and realized I was thoroughly hooked.

What was the book and what is it about?

The title of the book that started me down the path of the LitRPG road is titled Sufficiently Advance Magic (Arcane Ascension Book 1). The book is about a young boy (16 or 17 I think) named Corin and his quest to find his brother, who disappeared inside a tower. The tower was built by a goddess, and by clearing different floors of the tower, you can acquire magical abilities that will make you a powerful fighter.

Corin doesn’t really care about the power he can possibly acquire from the tower. As mentioned earlier, he only wants to find his brother who went into the tower and never came out. Many believe that Corin's brother is dead – even Corin entertains the idea that he might be dead. That’s why Corin wants to make it to the top of the tower, where it is said that those who reach the top may have any wish granted by the goddess. Corin’s wish is to bring his brother back.

However, the interesting part of the book to me, was the author's logical rules that explained the way magic worked. Corin starts out a rather pathetic fighter, and the reader learns with Corin how magic can be obtained and how it can be used. The author explains how magical items in Corin's world are created, and how they can be upgraded to more powerful items.

In Sufficiently Advance Magic, there are no suddenly overpowered main characters. Each one, though at different levels, must follow the rules to level up and grow more powerful. It's almost like playing an RPG and then reaching a certain point in the storyline where you need to grind hard in order to level your character's stats up.

Sounds interesting, doesn't it? On first glance, it might seem like a typical fantasy novel. But no - it's not classified as fantasy. This book is part of the LitRPG genre.

What is LitRPG?

Well, LitRPG is considered a sub-genre of sci-fi and fantasy. For a story to be considered LitRPG, it must contain the elements of a video game: leveling up, stats, upgradable items, etc.. What does this mean?

Well, imagine if you took your favorite video game and turned it into the novel, complete with power upgrades and raising your levels. To be honest, I had no idea LitRPG was an actual genre until just about a few months ago.

This genre has recently started gaining popularity – and from my understanding, it started with translated titles from Russian writers. There are plenty of good books out there in this genre of fiction, and I recommend you give them a try.

There's an official Facebook group for the LitRPG genre, and you can find many of the authors of these LitRPG books hang out in the group. Though do be warned, updates to some titles can come a little slow as many of the LitRPG authors are self-published and write on the side.

You'll find some rising talent within the genre. However, don't blame me if you get hooked.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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