You may have noticed the proliferation of zines around here, lately… A lot of them are the by-product of swaps I’ve taken part in recently (some on Swap-bot, some elsewhere) . The swaps weren’t necessarily for zines, but sparked ideas in my head, and that’s how I interpreted them. This latest zine, however, exists for no reason other than that I really, really wanted to write it.
Welcome to papertrail #1: it is a celebration of some of the most beautiful fiction that I have read, over the years. I have picked sections from my favourite novels, and turned them into poetry. Then I’ve offered random musings and observations about the novels, as well as suggestions for ‘papertrails’ (what to read next), and because I always like sections to fill in, spaces for you to add your own to-read list, and make up your own ‘papertrail’.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but I’m a big reader of fiction. The most important thing for me in addition to a strong story is that it is well-written, so if, like me, you’re not really into poetry, you could instead read this zine as a ‘style’ sampler for a collection of novelists. Well anyway, I love it. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if the idea intrigues you, check out the listing in TheTangledPress Etsy Store.
Ironically, I liked the idea of this zine so much that it prompted me to set up a swap for a book-ish zine. So if you’re tempted to have a go yourself, you have until July 20th to sign up! (And as always, if you mention this blog post in a message to me, you will get a copy of my zine in addition to those you get from your allocated swap partners.)