Vooks Versus Imagination
Writer Kris Spisak weighs in on vooks:
As children, we may have fought the transition to reading books without pictures. Thanks to the vook, that childhood joy has returned.
What about the loss of imagination here? Haven’t we all read a book and then seen the movie, realizing that the director’s vision of a character looked nothing like the image in our own heads? Should we let the videos dictate this detail for us? That takes away the glory of reading a book in my opinion, letting the world of film take over the beauty and simplicity of the written word.
However, imagine the new readers that may be pulled in with this multi-media glory. Imagine the total package of story, history, creation, and connection. If books are too old and dusty for some who crave more, vooks could bridge the gap creating larger reading audiences.
So while admitting my wavering, I’m still in favor of this swing. I think when I have my chance at the vook, though, my characters will all appear in silhouette to keep their faces in the imagination of the reader.
This concern, that digital storytelling in general and vooks in particular may compromise our ability or will to imagine, continues to pop up. I’ve explained that the sort of digital storytelling worth aspiring to should accomplish the opposite; it should fire the imagination and inspire readers/viewers to become active participants in, contributors to and sharers of the stories…
Read the full post at The Overflowing Bbookshelf.