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Frankenstein remix

Gothic Literature

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May 15, 2012, 4:15pm Top

Hi guys,

I found this review about an interactive rendition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and wanted to share it:


May 15, 2012, 10:07pm Top

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?

May 16, 2012, 7:56am Top

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.

May 16, 2012, 7:10pm Top

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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