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The rise of ‘Rapid Literature’

EDITORIAL ARTICLE

OPINION

Mrinali Jadhav, Editor-in-chief at Unverbalise

Illustration by Nora Glint for Unverbalise Editorials

Literature has always been a medium for people to engage into loud entertainments while staying in a peacefully quite library. Traveling realms and choosing places to stay at, all while staying in one place as the world might see.

Literature in it’s various forms like novels, poetry, short stories, dramas and many more have always been a way for individuals from all around the globe to build imagination on while grasping those same alphabets in a language over and over again and thus is also the prime example of the changing times.

The rise of the technology saw the changes in the ways which ideas were shared by individuals. Unlike just a couple of centuries ago when the capitalist societal structure was bargaining on the fact that creating and publishing books and selling them at a low cost was a benefit to the lower classes but a loss to everyone above them, technology made sharing those same texts free to almost everyone in this world.

The set-ups of digital spreads of the variety of literature that was shared made many people put their hands on the content that was initially impossible due to various boundaries of the society and walls build around it.

Illustration by Nora Glint for Unverbalise Editorials

Reading a novel online or enjoying a podcast became much more convincing and convenient for everyone and with that the rise of Ultimate Free Content came into being. A world where everything can be pirated and shared for free or atleast the intellectual property can be free, became a reality. Although this heavily harmed the ego of the people involved in the business, there were still means for them to earn.

And that’s where Rapid Literature came into picture. Rapid Literature can be classified in the same way we classify Rapid Lifestyle. It can be understood in the terms of quick changes in life, fast paced decision making powers and ultimate strength to break the barriers of time and connect with anyone in this world.

Fast paced life brought in a variety of options and changes that people just a century ago thought of as a fictional world. The rapid growth made less time for almost everything in life.

To make things fit into a rigid and scheduled time frame, life is ultimately cut down to many peices to create a feeling of a successful and productive day. Although this very ideology doesn’t in itself classify as the problem, the real issue subsequently lies at the heart of the rapid lifestyle.

That is – Less time for everything. The idea to accommodate as many things as we can in a span of mere 24 hours to create a feeling of hollow productivity is something a lot of people are now speaking up against.And thus we come to our very initial topic of Rapid Life and Rapid Literature.

According to the very definition that we familiarized ourselves with earlier, rapid quality of our schedules made us seek quick form of entertainment for consumption. Quick consumption of content was introduced and entertained in the one year long process of pandemic lockdowns. Staying at home and staring at the screen all day long was in itself going to become a topic of mass public discussion, but during this very time period consuming small peices of content became the TREND.

Since it was a trend, as many people as were watching it, the number of people creating the content grew. This affected the areas that were the hot topics for content creation.Poetry and short stories were among the first fields that saw the rise of people trying to pursue it. Although there is no direct affect over the area as a whole, making random peices of content and publishing them as literature made a point.

This very thing became the now famous INSTAGRAM POETRY trend. Not pertaining to any particular platform as a whole, the Instagram Poetry trend was or rather is a movement to make short peices of content and publishing it as a poetry or short story.This also showed the power of social media when these couple of lines poetry marked great achievements in the physical book sales and the boom in the following of the social media poets.

Although art has no limits and boundaries to be made and shared, rapid Literature can be the one things that can make this whole movement of modern poetry a boon or a bane.As of now, the number of poets and storytellers keep growing who are truly talented and love the art they make but the demon of capitalism has already entered the field relying on the strengths of mass popularity and physical sales.

This is truly a generation of Modern literature.


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Mrinali Jadhav who writes under her pen name Luna Arsyn, is a Novelist, Poetess and an aspiring Singer-Songwriter under United Entertainment Music Label.

She is the current Editor-in-chief at Unverbalise and Head of the board of Editors. She believes in the power and magic of story telling and thus lives by the mantra of ‘Stories must be narrated for them to live on.’ She had authored 7 poetry books and published them under her series known as ‘If Only Happiness…’.

Her novels A Beautiful Chaos, Regina and Carolina are currently published and exclusively signed by Tencent Literatures direct subsidiary Webnovel in the form of an E-Novel.

You can follow Mrinali Jadhav on –

Instagram: @lunaarsyn

Email : lunaarsyn@gmail.com

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