Tag: narrative

Overused Narrative Tropes?

     When thinking of electronic literature, literature being the keyword, how much of a story should one expect? By any stretch of the imagination, hopefully a lot. But when you delve into some of the more specific sublets of the genre, particularly video games, the lines can become blurred. Such that it begs the questions of the necessity of…

The Story of Orville V. Wright

“The Human Mystery” by Alan Bigelow tells the fictional story of the socially anxious Harvard anthropology professor, Orville V. Wright. “The Human Mystery” does not fall neatly into any genre of electronic literature we’ve discussed, but I would say it’s most similar to hypertext. The story is made up of seven different sections accessed through a timeline menu; the reader…

“There are secrets that are kept from the public and then there are ‘public secrets’

In the work “Public Secrets” by Sharon Daniel and Erik Loyer, the secrets of the California State Prison are revealed through a compilation of statements from those currently imprisoned. The work begins with an intro defining a ‘public secret’ as a secret that is known but the public pretends to be oblivious to, in this case, the truth behind the…