Tolkien – Middle Earth Meets Middle England

[…] Tolkien’s most important contribution by far […] was his construction of a systematic secondary world. There had been plenty of invented worlds in fantasy before, but they were vague and ad hoc, defined moment to moment by the needs of the story. Tolkien reversed that. He started with the world, plotted it obsessively, delineating its history, geography and mythology before writing the stories. He introduced an extraordinary element of rigour to the genre.

China Miéville – Tolkien – Middle Earth Meets Middle England

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Visualization

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Visualization of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book [via]. You can download an annotated pdf file here.

Monday – 20th July 2009 @ 09:42:01 AM

Henry Jenkins on Transmedia – November 2009 from niko on Vimeo.

Henry Jenkins is the director, Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. In this viral-info-snack he discusses the power of media in a 21 century trans-mediated world. A world where converging technologies and cultures give rise to a new media landscape.

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

It would be pointless to demystify textual worlds as constructed by language or other types of signs, if the imagination were not spontaneously inclined to pretend that these worlds are real, or, as the romantic poet Wordsworth put it, to „suspend disbelief“ in their autonomous existence.

Marie-Laure Ryan – Fictional Worlds in the Digital Age

Sunday Links

Sunday links:

  • Google News Timeline [Link]
  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Economy of Horror [Link]
  • MIT Media Studies Podcast: X-Men World Building [Link]
  • Why Tech Support Sucks [Link]