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“COUNTDOWN”: AN INTERACTIVE FICTION

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2018
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Today’s readers are not, in fact, readers, but rather configurative authors, accustomed in this digital age to controlling the media presented to them in such a way that their configuration is as important to the content’s overall structure and interpretation as author intent. Interactive fiction, which is any text-based media that the reader can alter through their actions (Montfort, “Twisty Little Passages”, vii), addresses this configurative authorship. “Countdown” is my own work of interactive fiction. It is an interpersonal drama that meditates on inevitability and the effects of our choices. It employs randomization at a high level that impacts which scenes of the story are seen and when, and this complicates the relationship between the configurative author and the creator. This approach can be applied to other projects to place the reader in productive tension with the story itself, the author, and/or the narrator.
Title: “COUNTDOWN”: AN INTERACTIVE FICTION.
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Name(s): Kammerer, Jessica, author
Luria, Rachel, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2018
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Jupiter, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 165 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Today’s readers are not, in fact, readers, but rather configurative authors, accustomed in this digital age to controlling the media presented to them in such a way that their configuration is as important to the content’s overall structure and interpretation as author intent. Interactive fiction, which is any text-based media that the reader can alter through their actions (Montfort, “Twisty Little Passages”, vii), addresses this configurative authorship. “Countdown” is my own work of interactive fiction. It is an interpersonal drama that meditates on inevitability and the effects of our choices. It employs randomization at a high level that impacts which scenes of the story are seen and when, and this complicates the relationship between the configurative author and the creator. This approach can be applied to other projects to place the reader in productive tension with the story itself, the author, and/or the narrator.
Identifier: FAUHT00025 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2018.
Collection: FAU Honors Theses Digital Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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Sublocation: Digital Library
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Host Institution: FAU
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