Online Readers vs. Real life Readers Fight Fight Fight!!!
For the past few days, I’ve been talking to some of my fellow writers about online readers vs. real life readers. This led me to ask the question, “What are the major differences between online reads and real life readers?” I tried to do some research on this topic, but I couldn’t find any good articles about it.
Warning, these are based on my own observations. Please add your opinion. It will help gather data and perspective. So, here we go!
If you write online, then you know how important an audience (your readers) is. Most writers who write online hope to turn their views into book sells in the future. However, is that truly possible? Do people who read stories online for free want the same in a published book? Well, this is what I’ve noticed about Online Readers and Real Life readers. Ready! Fight! Go! (Feel free to add your comments).
Online Readers vs. Real Life Readers!
(Original stories only, not fanfiction – this post IS NOT about fanfiction)
Short chapters – Online Readers!
I’ve noticed that online readers prefer short chapters, usually around 1.5K to 2K words. Now, not all online readers are like that, but the majority.
I’ve noticed real life readers don’t mind long chapters, as long as it’s interesting and provides information to the story.
Reason: More than likely, online readers like short chapters because they read on the go. They don’t want to read something complicated – quick and easy is all they want. If your chapters are too short, they suffer from lack of character development and your world won’t be fully developed. Well, unless you write a long book online. I’ve seen some 70-200 Chapter online stories. We know most, if not all publishers would never accept that.
Quality Stories – Real Life readers!
Real life readers want quality stories. This is probably due to the fact they are paying for their books. Not only do they want quality stories, but they also want something that makes them think.
Online readers don’t tend to care about quality – they just want a simple read. I know not all online readers are like this, but this could be due to a lot of readers online are younger and don’t know quality work, yet.
Free stories – Both!
Who doesn’t like a free story? I’ve noticed both sets of readers will take free books. However, real life readers are more likely to complain about a poorly written, free story.
Clichés! – Online Readers more so than Real Life readers
This one is hard to say. Clichés sell, every writer knows that. However, online readers may like clichés more. It’s easier to find a story with a simple premise and theme on the go than something complex.
This post is getting long, so I’ll sum up my findings. And please, everyone who read this please add your thoughts to this discussion.
Overall Conclusion (Online Readers):
- Online readers don’t care much about quality; they just want a good plot. A lot of this could be because they are younger readers, or they are more forgiving of grammar errors.
- Online readers want writers who can update fast. More than likely, if you have outside responsibilities, you can’t do this.
- They want something unique, and yet cliché I know this one is strange, but I’m serious.
- They want free stories and something quick to read.
- They don’t care about quality as long as the story is interesting.
Overall Conclusion (Real Life Readers):
- Want quality books – no errors!
- Want a unique story with maybe a few clichés
- Developed characters and world – they want to lose themselves in the stories
- Will pay for a good book
- They are willing to wait for the next book in a series – no rushing decent quality
So, does this translate to book sells if you publish your stories online first?
The answer is, it depends!!!
Of course, everyone is different. Some readers online will buy a published author’s books, but some will just move on to the next free story. However, I firmly believe online readers don’t care about quality like real life readers do. If you are reading on the go, you want something short and to the point. Think about it, now. On WordPress, people like reading short blog posts, don’t they?
This is a discussion post, so please post your findings! Remember! This isn’t about fanfiction. Fanfiction to me is a whole different game. Fanfiction readers do want quality stories. I feel this is because the world and characters are already defined, so there is an established standard to live up to.
Discuss! Debate me and post your comments! Everyone is welcome ^____^