Is there a word analogous to “readthrough” that works regardless of what kind of media it is?
That is, I’m looking to condense “an instance of going through an entire (fictional) work” down to a noun (or a shorter noun phrase). (It doesn’t have to be specific to fiction media.)
Readthrough makes sense for a novel or comic book; playthrough for a video game; and viewing for a movie. I’m not sure if there’s anything natural for listening to an audiobook or podcast, or for watching a tv series.
The usage is like: “I’m in the middle of a Discworld readthrough right now.” or “I picked up so many more clues on the second viewing!” or “I do a playthrough every year.”
Note: This is distinct from a single “session” of reading/consuming the media-item. A readthrough-thing can contain many sessions of actually reading/watching/playing.
Generic terms I’ve considered:
- A “usage” of the media is a bit strange even if the use/purpose of media is to engage with it.
- A “binge” is almost what I’m looking for, but implies that you’re completing the playthrough/thing in one session. And notice that you often see it as “binge-watch” or “binge-read” to clarify the medium (and distinguish it from binge-eating/etc.)
- An “experience” seems too generic; nothing to specify it as about media.
- A “consumption” is really close, but I find it unnatural to use as a countable noun — “a consumption; many consumptions”.
Is there anything more fitting that I’ve missed? (Poetic/archaic phrasing is acceptable!)