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, 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 really read non-fiction and romance novels. But the title was so damned weird that I clicked it. This book has nearly a five star review, ranting and raving about how awesome it is.
I take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt, but I decided to see what the hype was about. They had the book for free to read with Kindle Unlimited, so I sent it to my kindle app. Now, I wasn’t exactly impressed the first paragraphs. The main character was so damned negative and sarcastic.
But for some odd reason, I kept reading and reading. Until finally we get to the second half of the book and I’m totally hooked at this point.
What was the book about you ask?
The book is about a young boy (16 or 17 I think) and his quest to find his brother. You see, there is a tower that has built by a goddess. By clearing different floors of the tower, you can possibly acquire abilities that will make you a powerful fighter. The young boy, Corin, doesn’t really care about the power he can possibly acquire from the tower. Instead, he wants to find his brother who went into the tower and never came out. Many think of him as dead – even Corin entertains the idea that he might dead. That’s why he 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.
Now, what is LitRPG and what about that novel makes it LitRPG?
Well, LitRPG is could be 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 month ago.
This genre has recently started gaining popularity – and from my understanding, it started with translated titles from Russians. There are plenty of good books out there in this genre of fiction, and I recommend you give them a try.
This is a new genre of fiction with some rising talent!