Around The Web: Word Nerds, Fantasy and Realism, Goodreads
Welcome back, friends. This week we’ve got two posts for the word nerds among us, an essay on fantasy and realism, and an article on Goodreads and its potential challengers.
Read on and let us know if you’ve found any interesting bookish content around the web lately.
Commonly Misspelled Words
As an editor, I appreciate word lists, especially one that may prevent misspellings from occurring. That’s why I’ve bookmarked this list of one hundred commonly misspelled words. If you mix or miss letters regularly or just type faster than you spell, you might want to do the same.
Speaking of words, Dictionary.com has been adding words and refining definitions lately in an effort to eliminate prejudiced language.
A New Way To Think About Fictional Worlds
If you’re into sci-fi or fantasy, you may have found yourself defending your reading choices to those who think realistic fiction is the highest form of literature. Realism versus sci-fi and fantasy is a decades old debate, and one that author Lincoln Michel thinks is too simplistic. In a Lit Hub essay, Michel argues against the realistic-fantastic binary and proposes a new way to think and discuss fictional worlds.
A Better Goodreads?
If you’re an avid reader, chances are you’ve at least heard of Goodreads. Despite Goodreads continuing to be the most widely used book community and reviewing site, users have been pointing out the platform’s faults for years. Could there be something better out there? Sarah Manavis takes a look at Goodreads’ history and those who have tried to challenge the platform in this NewStatesman article.