The Use of Media

I have decided that my post this month will be on the use of media.  I worked in television for more than two decades, and now as a writer of novels I have a craving to also share the visual experience with my readers.   To that end, I go to many of the locations in my book and shoot the locations, talk to experts and basically produce a news package that helps the viewer drill down deeper into the novel.  In the electronic version of the book, it is called an “enhanced e book” and I was one of the first authors to have video links in a novel.

Recently, I decided to take the visual experience to the next level and cut a movie-type trailer for my book The Stolen Chalice.  I shot much of the video on location and then cut it into a fast paced one minute video.    (see below)   I would love comments on what you think about this approach to bringing a visual experience to a print product.  Some say that the video takes away the imagination of picturing the scenes in your mind.  I think that it stimulates the visual sense  –  a sort of appetizer for the main meal, which is the novel itself.


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  • Norb Vonnegut

    Kitty, this is brave, new territory. Are you worried about losing readers to the vagaries of outgoing links? Once gone…hard to get back to the story. I like the muti media experience, a lot, but wonder how you keep readers with your story.

    • Keith Thomson

      Good question, Norb. Alternatively, Kitty, might all of the novels of the future have an added dimension? If so, would that mean I won’t have to sweat scene descriptions anymore?!

      • kittypilgrim

        Norb and Keith, Its an interesting question. And one I have thought about it a lot. I believe the burden of description still remains with the novel. The video component in my fiction (which I call fact-based fiction) is to show the reader that these places are real and do exist. I was recently reading a thriller and was very unsure if the locations they were describing were fictional or not. I believe that if the reader knows that the places are real, the impact is much stronger. I point to Hemingway, who used vivid descriptions to evoke exotic places, yet when people visit Paris, Spain Cuba or Africa they draw on the novel to enhance the experience.