Social Media and the Effects on Literature
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I really like where your article is going and how you married social networking and literature into a unified discussion. I am curious, though, how critics feel about these writers since there's this distrust of consumer and/or corporate interference in the general field of writing. Obviously, writers need to know who their audience is, but does it become a problem when the audience actually has a hand in the creative process?
Since I am a business major, it was very interesting to see that you see the increasing use of social media in a advertising industry way. As technology improves, the way of advertising and promotions are adjusting and changing too. As you stated, it is hard not to get influence by people and audience when your work is on online because everyone gets to involve and leaves some feedback once it digitized. An writer can use this advantage of this social networking before they publish so that they will get a sense of how audience would react upon the work and stuff which saves money too.
Here's an idea for something else to look into--
I've never read any Twilight, but to my understanding, there was another book that Stephanie Meyers was working on and it was somehow "leaked" and went viral, and because of this, she abandoned the project. Also, what kind of implications do fan-fiction creations have on ongoing literary series? To go beyond written literature, I know that Snakes on a Plane and one of the X-Men movies had scenes added post-production to incorporate internet meme type lines that are rather central to many fans' memories of the films.
You could be thinking of Midnight Sun, there was a leaked manuscript version which Meyer had sent to a friend, or the Russet Noon debacle.
More on Russet Noon here
More on the Midnight Sun leak straight from the author's mouth.
When you talked about Alison Norrington blogging her fourth book, it reminded me of Cleolinda Jones' Movies in 15 Minutes. It's a series of condensed movie reviews which was picked up for publication by a Orion Books, a British publishing company. It was originally a series of blog posts on Livejournal. She self published her second work as an online ebook to make it more accessible, because of limitations on publishing in the US with a UK firm, to all her readers.
I found your storify to be very fascinating. This is actually a question I've wondered (and worried about) myself: will the digital age change the creative process as we know it? I think in a way this links back to our discussion on quality control in class last week. Are there any people who have discussed the changes in quality that can be related to using blogs or social media outlets to write? You mentioned how the structure, etc., of work was altered through the use of blogging. I'm curious if there are opponents to such changes who argue that it will damage the integrity of the writing process as we know it, or something to that effect.
I think your topic is very interesting and I like where you're going with it. Though this might take you too far off course, something interesting to explore is the reasons why publishing on blogs have an audience at all. Maybe in today’s quick world readers prefer the word count limits of a blog as opposed to the extended pages of description in older works. Also, who is reading these works? It seems like the publishing industry provides access and awareness for a work, and without that, perhaps readers are hesitant to commit to an untried work found on a blog. Then again, if the blog word count limits contain the story to a minimal length, maybe the commitment isn’t so big. Is there a discernible difference (yet) between blog-published works, and traditionally published works in terms of things like depth and endurance?
Like everyone who posted above, I find this topic important and interesting, Ling. There are many dimensions to it. You might want to choose just one or a couple for further investigation: for example, the potential and pitfalls of literature created on and distributed through social media platforms, or the problems of plagiarism and piracy.