As part of last week’s talk on the changing landscape of children’s books, we talked about the increased visual literacy of kids, the explosion of graphics in children’s books, and the challenges and opportunities posed by apps and ebooks.
I showed two videos, both as examples of what picture books are competing against in the race to capture kids’ attention, and as examples of new ways in which stories can be told.
The Unfinished Swan is essentially a video game with picture book elements — you discover the story as you move through the game.
It’s quite absorbing, as a player, but as a writer — if you asked me to tackle a project like this tomorrow, I’d have no idea where to start. On the sliding scale between “book” and “game,” it’s definitely on the game side.
Then there are projects like The Unwanted Guest. Though still outside my comfort zone, I can at least imagine myself learning to think this way.
What do you think? Could you see yourself one day creating your tales as apps, or even interactive games? Because we may have to decide in coming years whether we’re authors only or whether we’re storytellers, in any medium.