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I found this review about an interactive rendition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and wanted to share it:
Hmmm. Can't say that interactive novels have ever really got my attention before. I have mixed feelings.
My first instinct was antagonism towards it - taking liberties with the text and all that. Then I thought about it a bit and realised that was a knee-jerk reaction and that it was really no different to making a dramatisation or a musical of a book. It's actually quite an interesting idea.
Then I wondered about the level at which the reader would be interacting with the novel. Shelley was not just telling a good story, she had deeper things to say and ask. Would the reader be interacting only with the surface story? Would they be guided towards the deeper levels?
Then I decided that I'm never going to find out: the world seems to be always so full of new things and life is so short - we have to pick and choose and I think this is one facet on which I'm going to pass (mind you, it's not so many years since I said the exact same thing about the internet).
And need I point out that there has always been interaction - a two-way process - between thoughtful reader and good literature?
That looks like a very interesting take. When I have time, I'm gonna have to delve into it a little more and see what I think. Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, and I have very strong opinions about it, so I'm leary about this sort of 'interactive' idea. (Isn't fiction already 'interactive'?)
Thanks for the heads up and link.
I've been resistant to this sort of thing at least since the early eighties: I kept freeing a poor shackled prisoner in a "choose-your-own-adventure book", and he kept killing me. It both offended my innate sense of justice and demonstrated that I'm really quite stupid!
I like the idea of multi-media supporting materials, like supercharged notes from a Penguin Classic, though.
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