Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Here’s an oldie moldy from a year ago, but I’m still intrigued by the idea of images in novels. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a way to do it in my next book, but maybe somewhere down the line I can start experimenting with it.
Does anyone know of a novel, literary in particular, that uses illustrations effectively?
The reality of it is that books — novels, I mean — are competing with all other “entertainment” media, including You Tube, Twitter, video games, pop music, movies, television, and a few things I’m sure I haven’t heard of yet. And if this really is the case, novels probably don’t stand much of a chance against these more visual, more interactive, and less time-intensive activities (though in the aggregate, people spend much more time, or waste it, doing these things than they do reading novels). The question is, can writers find a way to refashion the novel so that it would appeal on a more visual level, or an interactive one, and pump up its competitive chops in the almighty marketplace?
I’m skeptical, to a great degree, because there’s no getting past the fact that consuming a novel is to read, not to view. And to insert, say in…
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