As someone who watches movies and TV shows all the time, I have to be honest, I do get tired sometimes. Not tired per say, but bored of the medium, bored of the same tropes and similar faces. So I started my search for something else, something fresh(er) than the regular books and films I’m used to consuming. Several conversations and sifts through terrible recommendations after, I’ve been able to combine a list of a few alternative storytelling mediums for you to try out. So whether you’re looking for a new outlet to tell your stories or you’re a consumer looking for new content, this is definitely for you.
Podcasts are currently on the rise, meaning there is an overload of podcast content on streaming platforms. With country people having a lot to say about everything and anything; podcasts are great ways to anonymously (to an extent) rant and conveniently pass it off as entertainment. People talk about everything under the sun and I mean everything. If you’re looking for chilling horror stories, or advice on what to do with your cheating boyfriend or how to spice up your relationship, it’s all there. Podcasts are great on-the-move entertainment. It’s literally people having conversations in your ear.
Ps. Just don’t laugh too loudly in public so people don’t think you’re crazy. I can’t count how many times i’ve had to explain myself in public.
2. VIDEO GAMES
Before you scrunch that eyebrow, yes, a video game is a storytelling medium. Think about it, and when I say think about it I don’t mean FIFA 21 or NBA2K21. I mean think about games like God of War or Tomb Raider – are those games still in ? I haven’t played a video game since like 2011 so to be fair I don’t know, but what I do know is these are games that are more story driven. I think video games are better ways to engage your audience in your story. Films are trying to get make audience interact more with the story by incorporating some gaming technique. A while back Netflix’s Black Mirror had a special interactive episode that had the whole world excited and ready to watch. If you’re looking for a fully immersive story to get into, try out story-driven video games, they just might be what you’re in to.
The word ‘Art’ might be vague, non specific and a bit too broad, but that’s exactly what I mean. Don’t all forms of art aim to tell a story? It could be in form of a collection of art pieces, or a careful curation of songs in a playlist. Having that said, I believe art installations in particular are great ways to say so much using whatever you can. Sometimes the abstractness of it all leaves room for thousands of meanings to be attributed to it, hence the story you want it to be.
How about you drop that novel for a second or pause that movie you’re forcing yourself to watch and explore a few of these alternative storytelling mediums, you might never know.