8 Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Write

I’ve heard several people say “write what you would want to read.” Everything I write is something I would normally eat up. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories I just want somebody else to write for once.

So I’m making this post in the hopes that someone out there will see it and either:

  1. Tell me that these books already exist and exactly where I can find them
  2. Decide that these ideas are pretty good and write a book based on one of them

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1. A Men-in-Black Scenario from the Perspective of an Alien

Aliens take on human form and walk among us, need to prevent themselves from getting exposed, and have a space police force to punish alien criminals where human police won’t cut it. I’ve seen this done to death in TV shows, yet I still haven’t found a book series about it…

2. A whodunit murder mystery, but in a fantasy setting where each of the suspects has different supernatural powers to take into account.

Maybe the vampire can’t go out in daylight, the werewolf can’t touch silver, the ghost can possess people, the gnome can fit through the air vents, etc.

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3. A Warriors-esque fantasy book, but with wolf packs who have factually accurate wolf social structure

And before you say it, yes I know that Wolves of the Beyond exists. That’s why I specified “accurate.” Granted, it’s difficult to be accurate when dealing with fictional talking animals that have a society in the woods, but at least give me one without the terms “beta” and “omega” still in the mix. Some people really need to brush up on their L. David Mech.

4. A historical fiction book that takes place during the Proto-Indo-European migrations

This is a fairly recent interest of mine, ever since I got into comparative mythology. Long-story short, the Proto-Indo-Europeans gave rise to a bunch of different mythologies and cultures across Europe and South Asia (Vedic, Greek, Norse, Celtic, etc.), and it’s super interesting to read about their similarities to each other and to modern culture. But wouldn’t it be even more interesting to read a fictional account about someone who lived during that time period?

Amazon Associates link to the series that inspired this idea

5. A Percy Jackson-esque urban fantasy book, but instead of Greek mythology it’s based on Incan or Scottish folklore

Rick Riordan Presents has an Aztec series and a Mayan series out. Close, but no cigar…

As for Scottish folklore, I have my fingers crossed for a Celtic series! Uncle Rick has hit all the other extinct mythologies (I have a theory that he’s intentionally leaving the living religions to people who practice them.), except for Celtic.

6. A book that summarizes the different writing strategies that different authors take

For example, it could have a chapter about writer’s block, and each section is how a different famous author got past writer’s block. There could be section on the road to getting published, how they parsed through their ideas, how they decided on an agent or an editor, etc.

7. A superhero story with all the superhero tropes, but it takes place in a fantasy setting

Their superpowers could just be their supernatural powers. Maybe the reporter who ends up falling in love with the hero is actually the town crier. Maybe the villain is an actual dragon. Who knows?

This one doesn’t have a link. I just thought it looked cool. Credit: PuellaDocta on Pixabay.

8. A book written line-for-line based off of someone’s D&D campaign

Every nat 1, every time the DM strikes a character with lightning out of frustration, every time the players die. I love listening to D&D podcasts and watching “Harmon Quest,” but I’d also love to see what happens if you read about a party on a campaign without ever hearing the players talk out of world or say what they’re about to do.

What do you guys think? Do you have any other ideas for stories you’d want to read but can’t seem to find? Or (even better), do you know where I could find one of these?

2 thoughts on “8 Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Write

  1. I’m actually reading something kind of similar to #8 now. The Kirov series, this garguantan book series where the author resolves battles by simming them in various military games and writing the results near-verbatim. It’s something (and is over 50 volumes long).

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