When the Lines Grow Blurry...
Nell raises a fascinating issue by juxtaposing the various
forms of trance-inducing entertainment. That is, a hypertext author
can merge several experiences within one hypertextual fiction. One can feel
that s/he is both watching a movie and listening to a story, or perhaps
even dreaming. The potential is practically unlimited, in that the inherently
interactive nature of the computer calls for stories which cannot simply
be contained within one entertainment genre.
Currently, the more technologically simple projects such as Joyce's Afternoon
already incorporate several of these genres, in that the reader must choose
the path of the story's progression. In this manner, the reader is suddenly
elevated to a position equal to that of the fictional characters of the
hypertextual novel itself. But more on this in the Afternoon section...