Calvino's Hypertextual Tendencies
Calvino raises several interesting points. Hypertext calls for the active
reader; it is built on the assurance that the reader will choose what
to read, which storyline to follow, etc. In this way, the hypertext reader,
to a great extent, creates the text before him. Every reader has a different
experience, every reader constructs his/her own reading.
Calvino declares that such an experience occurs with the conventional novel.
Your own story -- your life -- changes the reading of the novel. Perhaps
you are angry when you pick up a novel, perhaps you just lost your job.
How will you read this novel differently than, say, if you had just been
promoted? What happens if you read a certain passage after some sort of
tragedy? Might you read it differently? Might it have different implications?