I've started noticing, however that one of the storytelling mediums that I find most inspiring is movies. You'd think a writer would get more inspiration from books, but that's not the case with me. I actually use them both, but at separate times in my writing process.
I think in pictures, and therefore, pictures tend to be what gets my creative juice flowing. Before I ever write a scene, I have to visualize it like a movie scene. So when I see a movie I really like--one that inspires me story wise, or that does a very cool storytelling technique that I want to implement or master for my own storytelling tool box, I go back and watch the movie at least three times. Repetition is my way of learning something inside and out. (My husband can't do this--repetition drives him crazy.)
After really considering my "idea gleaning" tactics, however, I realized that studying storytelling techniques through movies is only beneficial to me at the beginning stages of my writing--when I'm just starting to story map, brainstorm, and outline my novel. I think that's because when I'm in that phase of writing--the purely creative mode--language tends to get in my way, hindering the creative juices. If I can just allow myself to simply visualize my story--not worrying about writing technique--the story flows out of me freely.
But when I sit down to do the actual writing of my story, I read like a crazy woman. And it doesn't even matter what I'm reading (surprisingly, I don't read fantasy very often.) But just having a constant diet of words flowing through my brain tends to help my own writing flow so much more naturally.
Whatever you do, please share! We can all learn from each other!