I have spent 36 hours listening to Richard Armitage read me David Copperfield. Goodness knows I wouldn’t have chosen to read it at all. I am not a fan of Dickens. In fact, this has taken me months to get through because Dickens just keeps going and going. To be fair, it was originally a serial and he probably got paid more if he wrote more. At least David Copperfield wasn’t his most depressing and it was far more engaging than Bleak House.
I only decided to take the book on because Richard Armitage was reading it. You may recall, he is one of my favorites. He was a fantastic reader too. He had voices that were nuanced and unique. The women were just as varied as the men. I will listen to him again, just not for Dickens. If only my other options weren’t just novelizations of Robin Hood and another Dickens. He needs to do more audiobooks.
I feel like, in modern writing, this probably would have been broken up into a series. We don’t serialize novels anymore. I know I have considered it and that some authors have tried. I am not sure it works, but I do want to try it. It surprisingly seems to work with fan fiction. It makes me wonder if it could be done as some type of subscription.
You tell me, would you be interested in serialized novels? That is, paying a small monthly fee to get weekly chapters sent to you? Would you only want this from new authors or your favorite authors?