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Exposing potential narrative structure through user choice

Exposing potential narrative structure through user choice
Exposing potential narrative structure through user choice
The reading of a hypertext fiction could simply be viewed as the reordering of events, reviewing and accessing fragments of a story that has already taken place. A different reader experience would come from different orderings and the effects that these might produce. This doesn’t have to be the case however. The fragments of a fiction also can represent possibilities that have yet to occur. This is independent of the over-arching narrative of the piece. At points in the fiction the reader is presented with choices. Do I follow this link or do I choose a different path? Here, the narrative structure of the piece is leaking through the text and not just the read structure but potential future structures. These choices must be presented to the reader by the author. This paper will examine some of the consequences of exposing the visibilities of these narrative structures, using the presentation of choices in hypertext fiction as an exemplar.
Weal, Mark J.
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Weal, Mark J.
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Weal, Mark J. (2005) Exposing potential narrative structure through user choice. HT'05 Workshop on Narrative, Musical, Cinematic and Gaming Hyperstructure. In Conjunction with Hypertext 2005, Austria.

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The reading of a hypertext fiction could simply be viewed as the reordering of events, reviewing and accessing fragments of a story that has already taken place. A different reader experience would come from different orderings and the effects that these might produce. This doesn’t have to be the case however. The fragments of a fiction also can represent possibilities that have yet to occur. This is independent of the over-arching narrative of the piece. At points in the fiction the reader is presented with choices. Do I follow this link or do I choose a different path? Here, the narrative structure of the piece is leaking through the text and not just the read structure but potential future structures. These choices must be presented to the reader by the author. This paper will examine some of the consequences of exposing the visibilities of these narrative structures, using the presentation of choices in hypertext fiction as an exemplar.

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Event Dates: 6-9th September
Venue - Dates: HT'05 Workshop on Narrative, Musical, Cinematic and Gaming Hyperstructure. In Conjunction with Hypertext 2005, Austria, 2005-09-09
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 261792
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/261792
PURE UUID: 05e71acb-cd92-44c2-93c4-66679a18cb54
ORCID for Mark J. Weal: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6251-8786

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Date deposited: 20 Jan 2006
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:08

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