Best prose in web fiction

2 years ago | Thedude3445 (Member)

What web fiction has the very best prose, in your opinion? List any and all stories that come to mind.

Endless Stars immediately comes to mind, but everyone on this forum probably knows that already lol. Anyone got anything else?

Sorry boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me. The other's not you.

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  1. Snuggle Squiggle (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Advent is on a level above us all, but you already know that.

    In terms of serials in the scene, The New Humans is the obvious first choice. While the plot itself is slow moving, egregiously so in the beginning, the prose goes from well-done to excellent across its run. In the newer chapters, I sometimes forget I'm reading a web serial. What TNH has going for it is witty & clever use of words, with an acute sense of beauty sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended.

    Inheritors is another obvious rec. The prose is more down to earth than in TNH, but it manages to often be highly expressive and evocative.

    Not All Heroes is not a prosey work, not properly, but Rhodework's precise, refined use of language makes it worth remarking on.

    Entirely Presenting You starts off rather plain, but goes off into wild territories by the end. Can't say much with how little I've read of it, and it's not as strong a rec due to how it's not as consistently prosey.

    Shaeor is an author who doesn't get a lot of recognition in webfic, probably because he's currently busy doing things with his life besides hanging out in the WFG Discord (his — heavily rephrased — words, not mine). Dirge has the tendencies of an amateur work, but Chosen Shackles is much more refined sophomore effort. He also tends away from the sprawling disease afflicting much of the web serial world, which is always a plus.

    Finally, and none of you are going to agree with me on this, but Simulacrum of Dread has good prose. Yes, I'm being serious. No, I'm not going to stop saying it.

    While SoD does have a overdriving fetish for the thesaurus, and while it is absolutely lousy with circumlocution, anyone who sincerely engages with the text on its own terms will find that it's not so shallow. SoD isn't written the way it is to impress anyone, or to cover up some otherwise glaring fault, but out of what feels, to me, to be a particular joy taken in the sound of language. There is a certain rhythmic quality only possible with polysyllabic words, and if one sticks with it, they will notice the subtle tinge of alliteration here, or a rhetorical flourish there. While you could attribute this to the same base desire that lead to the more obvious verbal pyrotechnics, at some point you must admit, done for the right reasons or not, it nonetheless still has the qualities of a work written intentionally, with care for the words beyond mere logorrhea. And in the end, is that not what matters?

    (If that seems unnecessarily, prematurely defensive, it helps to know it's the latest in a running argument about the merits of SoD; here it might be like hearing only one side of a phone conversation.)

    I write Endless Stars! It's a serial about dragons and friendship.
  2. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I will second Endless Stars in that the prose feels more "literary", wordy-in-a-good-way, versus the more "workman" style of most serials in my experience.

  3. Thedude3445 (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    You put an incredible amount of effort into that SoD prose-recommendation, Snug. You may win the Post of the Week award for that.

    Sorry boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me. The other's not you.
  4. ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Repeat of what the original poster and bob-of-the-Sharker said. Also, Entirely Presenting You manages to keep things engaging and literary and ever-so-slightly poetic despite the phenomenal back-of-the-neck-hair-raising hesitance about approaching the beaten-to-glue subject matter of teenage vampires. A few other honorable mentions include ATL: Stories From the Retrofuture for a number of reasons, Require: Cookie (AKA Ash and Blue, as it's apparently in the process of some kind of revision) because it makes a person feel a special kind of doesn't-belong, and Pay Me, Bug! on account of the artful nature used in describing people, problems, and problems that are people.

    If you've a head for holistic science fantasy, the Library may oblige:
    If you've a dislike for lengthy names, I'm so sorry.
  5. Thedude3445 (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Oh, you honorably mentioned me, I'm blushing.

    Maybe a little bit older, but I have heard good things about the writing in The Northern Caves, Mountain Sound, and City of Roses, and all three are (eventually) on my readlist.

    Sorry boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me. The other's not you.
  6. Snuggle Squiggle (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Bit of an odd rec, but I'll but Touch on the list as well.

    Hear me out: this is a bit of a conflicting rec, because the prose is not the greatest (but, of course, not awful) in the beginning. But the latest updates, as sparse as they are, are genuinely impressive in the prose department.

    I write Endless Stars! It's a serial about dragons and friendship.
  7. theredsheep (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    With reservations. It doesn't seem to have updated in some time, and the prose frequently crosses the line between "vivid" and "purple." But it's one of the few web serials I've read where I always had a clear and compelling visual of the action in my head--in fact, the author focuses on engrossing imagery to the point where you generally can't tell what the hell is going on in terms of the larger story. But you asked for prose, not plot.

  8. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Wow, you guys are well-read in web fiction. Nice to see.

    I nominate Earthcast by Koryos


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