This week is dedicated to worlds that grow beyond the borders of one book or movie. These storyworlds provide storytelling experiences in which exploration can be as important, and enjoyable, as following the main plot thread. We talk expanded universes and spreadable media.
In this class, we’ll discuss convergence, participatory culture, intertextuality and the challenges that arise from this type of storytelling. Students will continue to expand their shared fictional universe, both contributing to the wiki and extending their worldbuilding beyond its borders.
Note: Links to slides, prezis, and exercises can be found on Minerva.
Marvel Extended Universe: Marvel Comics – Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Middle Earth: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, etc. – J.R.R. Tolkien
Oz: Wizard of Oz series – L. Frank Baum
Star Wars Universe: Film series, novels, tv shows, games – George Lucas
Transmedia Novels/ Novels with Transmedia Elements
Landing Gear and Flight Paths by Kate Pullinger http://www.flightpaths.net/
Nearlyology by Chris Meade https://nearlyology.net/
Endgame Series http://thisisendgame.com/
Cathy’s Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman http://www.cathysbook.com/
Mirrorworld by Cornelia Funke http://mirrorworldnovels.com/
Links to Software and Resources 1 (ongoing)
Garageband (mac standard): http://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/
Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/
British Library (flikr): https://www.flickr.com/people/britishlibrary/
Macaulay Library (nature media): http://macaulaylibrary.org/
Looper man (audio resources): http://www.looperman.com/
Free images (stock photos): http://www.freeimages.com/image/movie-music
New Old Stock: http://nos.twnsnd.co/