All you book lovers out there, listen up! Whilst you were busy soaking up some much-needed literature, did you ever feel the desire to write something of your own? Maybe create an alternate universe where you could write a different plot to your favourite stories or come up with different, more unique ones of your own? If yes, then, social media is your answer. There are various platforms that not only let us read some amazing stories, but also create something of our own.
Talking about this, Mounica Alamuri, a youngster in the city who has authored The destined Two, a fiction story on Wattpad, feels writing is something that comes to her naturally. She says, “Publishing a hard copy takes a lot of time, energy and money whereas these sites give an equal opportunity to anyone and everyone who wished to read and write, and that’s what makes Wattpad amazing. The honest and immediate feedback is an added plus. You get to know first-hand what your readers think of your works; and, trust me, it can be good and bad at the same time.” The youngster says she prefers writing shorter bed-time stories to longer ones, and adds that a book is a book, despite its form.
Looking at these platforms from a reader’s perspective, Pooja Rayapuraju, a youngster from Kachiguda, says, “Platforms like Wattpad actually bring out the hidden gems in the literature. There are some amazing books that are only written there and I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying that they are richer in quality than some of the published books out there.”
There are some amazing stories and let’s not start with the amount of popularity the fan-fictions are suddenly gaining; you name a movie, book, band, etc., and you’ll most likely find at least a dozen of fan-made stories about them. These are not only interesting reads but some of them actually surpass the original ones.
Elsewhere, Syeda Juveria Tabassum, a 21-year-old from Malakpet, says she enjoys writing poetry, and sharing her work online gave her opportunity to grow, experiment and explore. “It builds a community of creativity and comfort,” she says. When asked about the challenges faced in writing for an online audience, she says, “Their span of attention is remarkably lower than someone who is reading a book. So, the size and readability of the poems becomes really important,” she explains.
“But, I also cannot write for views and likes. I have to balance that out with staying true to myself, and, honestly, publishing online can make that difficult because the response is direct and instant. It can influence the way you write and that’s not always healthy,” she adds. While the love of books in printed form is eternal, the youth today feels e-books have taken them a step closer to the literature world than they earlier were.