Monday, April 27, 2015

Transmedia Storytelling

Even before a massive boom of marketing and transmedia storytelling I've been involved in such a thing on the internet for ages. I thought it was incredibly creative how Elegy for a Dead World created an incredibly interactive game where people could just write their own story and make up their own adventure. The Lizzie Bennett diaries were superbly creative and innovative in how they expanded the Jane Austen story and told it to modern times with a girl vlogging. Even going as far as to create twitter accounts for each of the characters where they communicate with one another. I wonder in terms of transmedia storytelling if there's even been instances when people had tried to create fan-created stories based of an original and the original artist/author did not want the world they created to be expanded by fans. I originally did not think of fanfiction as transmedia storytelling but after reading through the articles I now agree that it is because it still follows much of the same rules as the canon.  If the marketing piece doesn't relate and follow the same rules as the canon and the stories used exist in a whole other reality than the canon completely I don't think it qualifies as transmedia. Just relation to the canon I think is enough to tell it apart. Transmedia storytelling definitely existed before the internet. People wrote fanfiction way before the internet ever existed and it was definitely possible to market stories through other media like newspaper and television. 


For my transmedia project I will be creating either a visual or a auditorial presentation that correlates to a post of my choice from the collective writing website: The SCP Foundation . The website already has transmedia storytelling revolving around it with a couple of games developed from post on the website.


  1. I think it's interesting how you brought up the idea of creators not liking fans expanding their words with fan-fiction. It seems like most creators would love the idea of their world being explored and expanded by fans so I wonder if there are people out there who want their ideas kept the way they intended. This thought process is explored through the idea of a "canon" where the creators have control over what goes on in the original universe and fans can only expand upon those ideas outside of it. Some creators have bridged this gap by allowing fans to put ideas of their own into the canon, like on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries followup Welcome to Sanditon. Totally loved your thoughts. Solid post!

  2. Your post was brief in words but dense in terms of content - I really appreciate getting a sense of your thinking about Transmedia before and after the examples and articles and you did a good job being specific. As Connor points out you bring up an interesting question about authorship that relates to some of what we studied earlier this semester (remixes and the complexity of authorship and copyright issues). I know that fan fiction can be traced far back to earlier centuries, but I wonder how the accessibility of fan fiction now through the internet has changed the attitudes of creators. I wonder what Jane Austen would think of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, or the remixes novels of hers like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I would think she’d be pretty stoked to just have people still reading her work. I found this interesting blog exploring a big reason why authors may not read their fans work, or might try to actually create some rules around fan work (like anything you post up is fair use for the creator as well):

    This all might be shaping how we tell stories in ways that authors did not think about before the digital age.