I’ve been playing with some of the latest. As usual, I haven’t yet finished fully exploring, but I’m very excited to check them all out - when I get a hunk of time.
One of the first examples I found was a Penguin wiki novel
Which reminded me a bit of Twittories, though the latter is a stricter, more linear contribution style.
But the best example is Penguin’s latest – We Tell Stories – where 6 authors told 6 stories over the course of 6 weeks. Each story has close ties to classic tale
- Story 1 – A mesh of storytelling and Google Maps – follow the narrator on his crazy adventure.
- Story 2 - Story of a young girl, told via her blog, her parents' blog, and Twitter streams.
- Story 3 - Looks like a fill-in the blank/ mad-lib style story.
- Story 4 - Written/posted real time over a week. In the moment, you could watch it unfold.
- Story 5 - Page views of slickly designed pages stacked with factoids.
- Story 6 - Choose-your-own-adventure style
There's also a mysterious 7th story lurking somewhere - I've found it, but don't want to spoil your fun - about a young woman named Alice....
I can see so many interesting permutations on all of this that I could probably keep typing all day - but I need to keep it reasonable. But just as the opportunity for public participation impacted journalism - maybe it will twist and tweak literature as we know it, too. I don't think novelists need worry - we'll always need their creativity and bigger ideas - this is just a fun offshoot.
More on this soon, I'm sure....