Chapter Eighteen: Fictional Blogs
In past chapters we’ve read a lot about blogs and publishing and all that jazz. Every time we begin delving into this kind of topic I also think back to the Julie/Julia project and how Julie Powell‘s blog was eventually made into a book and then a movie. There have been numerous other examples of these happenstances (blogs turned to books) which get me thinking: can any blog be turned into a book? What makes them more appealing than other blogs? The first example was a log of cooking experiences whereas the second was a man swearing down cute animals at every turn. A bit of a difference? Quite.
And then there is what we’re doing or, at least, what I think we’re doing. You see, for this class I feel the blog is being used more as an alternative writing tool. Not only is there a required “text” portion but also image/video embedding, hyperlinking, and blog-to-blog networking must be considered. Some of us are sticking to what we know, meaning the basics of everyday word-processing (Hey, it get’s the job done!) while others are playing around with the software available to them.
Their innovative play with the medium is creating a narrative, which at its best is multimodal, hypertextual, episodic, serialized, and interactive.
Interactive? Like those 3D games at Downtown Disney? Maybe not that interactive.
The interactivity of fiction blogging versus fiction-sans-internet creates this sort of digital pat-on-the-back atmosphere where authors can receive feedback (good and bad) from viewers during the process of writing their piece of prose instead of finding out later after publishing that their tale of ninja tacos rampaging the lowly city of New York was not a good idea. Audience feedback, people.
Now using a blog as a drawing board can go a few ways, one of which involves intertwining the blog and the fictional world completely. The book and I agree that this would be the best example of such. Although Glass House hasn’t been updated since 2005, it is a brilliant example of taking a world created in fiction and making it real. One author, one unending story, one piece of great online literature.
Then there is the less-intensive version:
It’s part creative writing, part blogging, part role-playing. (203)
This is popular in fan fiction, where you take on the role of a character and when you are placed in certain situations you react how you believe they would. For those who have ever played Dungeons and Dragons, it’s like that but real life.I can relate most to this through my Twitter feed. (I never thought I’d say that.)
I follow a Walter White as well as a Walter White Jr. through Twitter. However, there’s a catch. You see, these two individuals don’t actually exist. Well, they’re not figments of my imagination either. They’re two characters from the show Breaking Bad and yet they both have Twitter accounts.
This leads us into fan fiction blogging, like on Muggle Net. For those Harry Potter lovers who ship Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy, fan fiction is the place for you. For those who believe in their heart of hearts that Buffy The Vampire Slayer should have never ended, fan fiction is where you belong.