I’ve been so excited to follow Eowyn’s livejournal - the journal she is writing pretty much from within the mind of her character Tiana (Tiana’s Online Mess - Inside the mind of a pseudo-padawan). I think it’s a brilliant way to get inside a character’s head, and even though the journal might not be stand-alone publishable as a commercial novel, it surely is a wonderful source for the fan fiction which could lead to something more. I especially like the way Jandalf also started a diary so that both Jandalf and Eowyn could read the diaries as a stimulus for role-playing and writing. I think a great research project would be to get a group of kids to write online fictional diaries or blogs (either individually as or as a group).
I’ve been thinking this as I have continued to enjoy reading several blovels (blog novels) such as Confessions of a Blogger.
Today I came across Ravenstone Tower, the fictional blog of a 13 year old boy who, after his mother died, was “sent to live with his grandfather (The Captain) in an old tower in the wild country near the borders of Scotland”. I’ll enjoy following this because I’ve been dying to find a web / email narrative / blovel (or at least a fictional blog) which is suitable to use with younger children.
I also came across a list of fictional blogs and links to some journalistic articles on fictional blogging here, and was happy to see an academic (Jill Walker) quoted.
I think what I am most interested in the process Eowyn and Jandalf are working through - journalling through their character’s eyes, role-playing their fan fiction and collaboratively writing the fiction based on these. The process is fascinating and the result is a rich, sophisticated and complex piece of fiction. The in-role poetry has also been simply breathtaking - Eowyn’s poem, Calling, written from Tiana’s point of view is one example of that. Not to mention the images and multimodal texts, including the movie preview that is stunning!
So, fictional blogging … I’m hunting for more examples now!
posted by Anya at 5:59:49 PM
Eowyn Skywalker said…
*rolls eyes* Well, it’s become a rather complex thing. We actually need the blogs to keep track of our… it’s not a plot anymore, but a complete world.
(another link you might want is here: http://yodaclones.proboards29.com/index.cgi?board=PWjunk)
We’re using that for seperate scenes and stuff we don’t want to real-time RPG.
I don’t think anyone else out there would do this beyond us– we’re some of the few people with… this… fetish for writing. Though it would be a good research thing to get a group of people into this real-time in-depth RPing… it’d be hard to find people willing to, I think.
And, if you were interested, I have been bugging Jandalf that with all the work gone into our OCs that we need to write a sci-fi novel from it and publish…
Though I do most of the transcribing from the chats, and do most of the trailers/images/junk like that… it’s a very team-work effort.
But writing a fictional blog is SO much fun! I mean, seriously. I have to let myself be my character… and it’s fun.