For this weeks and the last blog post of the semester I want to explore the Electronic Literature more. As I mentioned in the last blog post there is a Electronic Literature Collection aviable online. In class we birefly explored some of the works found in this collection. One of the works that we vistited was RedRidinghood created by Donna Leishman from Volume 1. The discription of the work tells of it functions:
“Leishman’s playful retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale makes use of comic book vernacular, limited forms of explorative interaction, optional narrative paths, and a jazzy soundtrack. RedRidinghood is the type of Flash piece that suggests the potential for complex forms of interactive storytelling without typographic text.”
This Elit is an interactive fiction that uses text, animation, sound and the ability to interact with the story. It is a modern version of Red Ridinghood, which I think fits perfect for Elit. Red Ridinghood is a classic story that is in this work remade into a digital interactive story.
From the start we have to search the screen for small clues to click on to start the story, when we enevutally find the red eyes of presumably the wolf, the story starts of. We get to see where RedRidinghood is living. She lives in an apratment building with her mother.
The orange window is the only lit window on the entire screen, but if you hover your mouse over the other windows you will see them light up aswell, as you can see from the screenshot I took. You are able to use you mouse and click all of the windows on every building. When clicking on most of the windows nothing happens, but some of the windows contain a secret. Secrets like this can be found throughout the story. By clicking the mst obvious option you will continue the story.
A secret that I found was the diary of what seemed to be the boy/wolfs. Inside this diarie there are alot of pages, most of them containing a plt to kill the one who broke the authors heart.
The secrets are just one of the ways the story is interactive. At one point in the story, when RedRidinghood falls asleep we get a choice, we can eighter wake her up and continue the story, or let her sleep. If we let her sleep a new window will pop up and we get to see what she is dreaming of.
The story ends up with RedRidinghood finding the boy/wolf in her grandmother’s bed, but in this version of the story she eats him. I think this is a statement of female empowerment by the creator.
For this post we were also challenged to make a Elit work. I wanted to create a twitter bot. Mia showed some to us in class and I found them to be very simple, but still fun.
We were linked guides to create our own twitter bot, but after a while I got frustrated and annoyed with myself that I did not reach out to some of the other NetNarr students for a group effort to create a bot together.
One of the TwitterBots that Mia showed us is Pentametron. This bot takes random random tweets from people that rime and post them together.