Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Why Are LitRPG Audiobooks Popular?

It's fairly easy to see why people love LitRPG novels and stories. They've got a great hook, a fantastic set of boundaries, and enough diversity that almost any reader can find something they love. What might be surprising to some, though, is that LitRPG audio books are also incredibly popular.

While the last few years have seen a new boom in audio book purchases, there are a few other reasons why LitRPG books are so popular among listeners. They're great for those who have no time to read, who don't have screen access, for those on the road, and for those who want to have their imaginations sparked.

No Time to Read

One of the major reasons that these audio books are so popular is that many people just don't have time to sit down with a book anymore. Life moves very quickly and it's hard to find time to sit down and read a good book.

When you have an audio book, though, you can listen to it while you are on the go. You get all the fun of experiencing one of your favorite novels, but without the requirement of finding a quiet space and putting your life on hold.

No Screen Required

While there are plenty of LitRPG books that you can buy in a traditional printed format, many readers choose instead to read the books on computer monitors and e-Readers. Unfortunately, though, you won't always have access to these devices. Instead of having to plan your reading time around when you can get screen time, you can instead choose to listen to the book.

This gives you more chances to get through the book and a better chance to experience the story outside of its usual confines. Audio books are great for those who don't always have access to a screen.

Inspiring the Imagination

Audio books are also special because of the way they can inspire. There are certain ideas that just fire the imagination when they are heard out loud. While reading process can be just as inspiring for many, there are some people who get more out of audio.

When you take the time to listen to a good audio book, you might be surprised by the directions that your mind will take you. It's not necessarily better for everyone, but it's an important aspect of why so many people choose to listen to these books instead of reading them in a traditional format.

Great for Road Trips

If you've ever been on a long road trip, you know that entertainment can be hard to come by. One of the primary reasons the audio book format became so popular is because the books can be listened to on a drive. Whether you are going across the country or just trying to make it through your morning commute, a good LitRPG audio book can make your life better. These audio books can help you keep your sanity even when you are trying to deal with heavy traffic or empty roads.

It shouldn't be surprising that so many people enjoy LitRPG books. They take away all the downsides that might surround reading and replace them with convenience. While reading traditionally might never be overtaken, there's still a good case to be made for the popularity of these audio books. If you don't have the time to read the books that you've always wanted to read, you might want to consider listening to them instead. You'll thank yourself when you finally have time to experience the stories in a way that makes sense to you.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Superhero LitRPG Books
Superheroes and LitRPG are a great fit. If you think about it, superheroes really embody all of the tropes that make LitRPG work. 
LitRPG books also commonly feature MMOs - a space where superheroes have continually made a mark over many decades since their origin.
If games like City of Heroes or Champions Online can capture a superhero experience, it makes sense that a good series of books can do the same thing.

There are many great LitRPG superhero books out there. Figuring out which ones are right for you, though, can take a little bit of digging. 
Fortunately, there are some great books out there that are a good fit for almost all readers.

Super Sales on Super Heroes

Super Sales on Super Heroes takes a novel approach to the world of superheroes and LitRPG. Instead of placing the main character in a game, it places him in a city that has been taken over by superheroes. 
While he isn't necessarily new to his super powers, he is continually learning how to make them more useful. The exploration of his powers and the his conflicts with the villains help to make a well-defined world.

Super Sales is a great LitRPG book that combines action and humor. It still checks all the boxes for LitRPG, but it definitely works well as a standard superhero tale.

Sigil Online: Paragons

Sigil Online is a great read that hews very closely to the basic rules of LitRPG. It features a player who spends his time in a game universe, one where he has to level up and gain experience to make a difference. 
In this case, the main character makes his living playing a game called Sigil Online. He has his high level character destroyed and he is forced to start over from the beginning.

This is a great book for those who are new to LitRPG. It follows all of the basic tropes and spins them with a superhero twist. Definitely a great place to start for most fans.

Find More Superhero LitRPG

Those two books are just starting points. There are other other titles that can help readers explore their love for superheroes and LitRPG. It can be difficult to make your way through all of them, though, so having a solid guide can help.

If you aren't sure where to turn, it's a good idea to hit LitRPG Reads or the LitRPG forum for a few new ideas. The recommendations there are top notch and written by people who really love the genre. While not everything on those sites is about superheroes, you'll get a fair number of suggestions that should meet your criteria and learn more about the authors who write the books you love.

It's not too difficult to find a good superhero LitRPG book. Start with the suggestions here and look for recommendations from those you trust. With a little digging, you should be able to find books that work both as great superhero novels and great examples of the LitRPG genre.