Last week I mentioned Lise Quintana, a writer and entrepreneur who’s developing an app that will support ebooks with multiple viewpoints.
Think of televised sporting events, where you can change the camera angle. Quintana wants to do the same thing with books, for an unheard of level of storyworld immersion. You’ll be able to read the main character’s point of view, then the dad’s, then the dog’s, and then the talking can opener’s point of view.
“You’ll be able to read the same book over and over, and get a different experience every time,” says Quintana.
With digital publishing, she says, you can create “enormous, epic, self-referential works that fold in on themselves...You can actually follow a character just like in real life and see what they are doing. When you put the book down, the story world continues.”
So how does that change the story?
I would guess that stories will start to become huge collaborations between many different writers – because what writer is going to write all those POVs, and stay with one story for that long? I know I’d get sick of it after a while, and be eager to move onto my next story.
That’s not the only change Quintana sees. In this bigger, richer story, the reader gets to make choices about the story. She can even have some impact on the story, in some ways. We’re talking interactive story worlds again, which I’m too old-school to understand or appreciate right now. But I’ll post on it in the future.
And if the Dear Reader has an impact on the story... the writer is losing control over her creation.
Yeah, I don’t love the sound of that either. But perhaps that's one of the directions we're headed in, and I’m wondering how to embrace that.
thanks to Douglas Crets for his post which inspired this one.