Tech and Storytelling Part 2: Transmedia Novels? | GeekDad | Wired.com | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Changes in technology may have finally cracked open the door to novels which use several different types of media to tell a single story.

 

Justin Nalepa: Looking at successful books which have managed to carry the weight of the storytelling, while still giving pictures an equal place to work within them, enhancing the storytelling experience.

 

Examples: R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis

 

                   Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret

 


- Wordless illustrations and text to tell a single narrative

- Neither medium contains the whole of the story

- Each medium has advantages in different circumstancces

- Words to give personality and depth to characters

- Pictures to create a sense of movement in places and a sense of soundless contemplation

 

iPads and other tablets now have the technology to embrance the transmedia novel, but there are several hurdles:

 

1. Financial - requires a lot of upfront capital for a multiplatform approach

 

2. Creative - it is difficult to have the mastery of multiple arts necessary to turn a good work into a great one, collboration is necessary but can lead to projects becoming more mediocre if not carefully integrated and organized