I’m attempting a different kind of post, a lengthy topic about reading fiction as opposed to writing it. I know most probably won’t be interested, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.
My main problem, regarding books, has been finding EXACTLY what I really want in reading.
I generally am getting better at finding books that hits all my happy points (women being awesome, historical romance, cool dragons, sarcastic male characters, and other such stuff), but then I think of a book idea and try to write it, but it doesn’t turn out the way I want, and I can’t locate the idea through the usual type of books I like reading, because it generally hasn’t been written yet.
I remember scoring very well when discovering Elizabeth Wein and her books that deal with female spies (another trope I love), and loving it but striking out when looking for similar books. Goodreads only took me so far, and while Google also helps (to a point), I haven’t found much that are like the book I’ve read.
I really want to make a program that takes the scenes/idea/plot for the book, and have it written out for you so you don’t have to do much but dream.
Sadly, I am nowhere near being able to create such a fantastic device.
I guess the main point of this post is: is there a program/website out there that helps people locate books based on ideas of what you want to read? I have found a few that are helpful in finding books based on authors (include links), but aside from that…
I haven’t had much luck.