This short essay by Martha Baer is old and claims the narrative has it’s home in a book. However, she makes some interesting points about what is a ‘natural’ narrative for each medium.

When I wrote my novel for the Web, I was taken with the notion of time, the implications of withholding from my reader, the possibilities of immediate feedback, and the effect the proximity of modern technology would have on the whole experience. These elements were compelling to me and hopefully to those surfers who read it. But the discomforts of reading online haven’t subsided, and the Web serial has not found its commercial justification.

4 Responses to “"Literature is the killer app of the paperback"”

  1. 1 ][mez][

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  2. 2 Christy Dena

    Thanks mez — I consider WRT initiated now!

  3. 3 Mark Marino

    Let me add some other serial web-works to the list, with a slight self-promotional edge:

    At Bunk we tried several serials, including:

    But the question of what is the killer ap, what is the fullest form of web narrative, of course, that’s what we’re all playing with and glad doesn’t exist yet. I’m not sure commercial viability is a deciding factor with me at this point as an experimenter.

  4. 4 Mark Marino

    BTW, there is a new Blog fiction from Rome.

    Pardon my Mozetta in Bunk magazine.

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