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DR. FRANKENSTEIN, “I’VE CREATED A MONSTER!”
The book, Frankenstein is by Dave Morris and published by Profile Books. It is available for the iPad and iPhone as an app. The technology to create the interactive Frankenstein book was developed by Inkle Studios. Therin lies an important part of the story.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: A PARADIGM CHANGE
Profile Books, an independent UK publisher has an extensive list of books, including e-books.
Inklestudios is one of the most impressive and creative entries into the “E-Book +” arena. Inkle is a a Cambridge, UK based software and creative design company specialising in interactive stories. Their soon to be released platform, inklewriter, will be a free, online platform that will let anyone write and share their own interactive books. The company was founded by former Sony Playstation designers Joseph Humfrey and Jon Ingold.
“It’s a very different kind of tool than iBooks Author or Vook though; inklewriter is all about adaptive narrative; about branching and rejoining and varying what gets read. The goal is to provide a way for writers to create stories that weave this way and that, but without forcing writers to think like programmers. inklewriter handles all the structural stuff and leaves you with something that’s not a million miles away from a word-processor screen and says, just write.”
As to iAuthor and Vook, he stated,
“The stories you produce are nothing like those you can make in iBooks Author – iBooks has no memory, but our stories are all about how early choices can affect later narrative elements, and how you can use that kind of reflection to draw a reader into a narrative.”
“WHAT HATH I WROUGHT?”
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils … It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”
– Mary Shelly, Frankenstein.
Shelly portentiously continues Dr. Frankenstein’s monologue,
“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? Inventor’s remorse or post-natal depression?”
Few know that Mary Shelley was the mistress, and then the wife of Percy Byshee Shelley, or the extrodinary details of her tragic life. The publisher of the Dave Moris version of Frankenstein, Profile Books, brings this to life.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS RAISED BY FRANKENSTEIN
Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein raises large philosophical questions about life and death.
Mark Wilson, wrote in a CO_Designe article, “iPad App Retells Frankenstein, And Hints At The Future Of E-Books,” “iPad App Retells Frankenstein, And Hints At The Future Of E-Books.”.
“For better or worse, it’s a fascinating approach to a famous text that raises some huge philosophical questions:
– Should we redesign classic pieces of art to be explored differently in the digital era?
– At what point does Frankenstein cease to be Frankenstein?
– And is it worth changing elements if the core theme can [now] be explored by a whole new generation?”
Some possible answers are contained in the post, “Can the Real Hamlet be You?” .