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It is a new day, a new work week, and a new month – how’s that for new beginnings! 

As with any new work week, Rebecca gives us a chance to start using our brain again with her Musing Mondays!

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a story format.

How do you feel about books written in a differing format – whether this be journals or letters (epistolary), verse novels, or any other form? Is this something you enjoy? Or do you prefer straight forward chapter prose.

I tend to enjoy different narrative forms because I do believe it forces you to step out of what is comfortable and safe.  In so doing, a reader must then focus on just how a format can affect a story.  If done correctly, the different format should not prevent you from being absorbed in the story; in other words, it should not distract you from the story itself.  The format should enhance the story and make it come alive in a way that may not have been possible in a different format. 

That being said, the only story format I will avoid is verse novels or lyrical prose.  I made the mistake of requesting and receiving a review copy of a novel self-published by a brand-new author, and it was not until I actually started reading the book that I discovered the story format.  I do not like poetry for the fact that it requires interpretation and deciphering.  As for novels, I want to be immersed in them.  I do not want to have to pause to try to figure out what a sentence means.  As long as I avoid those two formats, the actual format of a novel does not bother me at all.
What do you think?  Is there one particular format that truly bothers you as much as lyrical prose or verse does me?

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