The major project for my Digital Textuality class is a Multimedia Portfolio which will consist of a text, image, sound, and moving image object that are all an adaption of the same story or argument (for more information see my Portfolio page). The first digital media object is text, so I have needed to choose a story I would like to work on all semester. The one I have chosen is the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades.
One of the main reasons I was interested in choosing to adapting this myth is because of Sarah J. Maas’ upcoming sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. A Court of Mist and Fury is supposedly to be based on Persephone and Hades and I can’t wait to see how it’s done! I’ve decided I’d like to work with the source inspiration material myself and see what kind of adaption I come up with. I also just love fairytale retellings and as Persephone and Hades’ story is so compelling, I’m really excited to see what I can come up with.
I have a few options for how to do this assignment. The only real requirement is that text object must be between 900-1,200 words. So the exact medium I use is completely my choice. I had three ideas which I was originally debating:
- Twine. To tell the story within interactive format that allows readers to play a part in how the story unfolds.
- Storify. To compile related text items that when looked at as a whole conveys a narrative.
- TweetDeck. To schedule posts that could tell the story from a specific character’s POV.
These all sounded like a lot a lot of fun to do, but ultimately I think I’ve decided to pursue my Twine idea. I’ve been really intrigued by how interactive narratives give readers agency in the story and the possibilities of Twine stories in the future and think this assignment would be an excellent opportunity to experiment with how to tell an old story embedded with choices that feel authentic and allow the reader to tailor the story they consume.
The first version of this text object is due next Monday, February 15, 2016, so I am hoping I’ll be able to share it here on my blog at that time! It will be awesome to finally share some of my written work of which I’m truly proud. For more information on Twine, stay tuned for my text tool review of the free and open-source software tomorrow on Ink Keys and Other Things!