As far as I’m concerned, Rhett Butler comes back to Scarlett O’Hara (the movie makes it even clearer than the book. Did you see how foggy it was; where was he going to go?)
Also, Romeo & Juliet are just napping, The English Patient is a little more prompt, the second Mrs. de Winter is not doomed to spend the rest of her days with a wife-killer. Oh, and Dr. Zhivago manages to stop communism.
Yes. I’m that reader. The one who, when she doesn’t like how a story ends, rewrites it in her head.
But, I suspect I’m not the only one.
In addition to publishing Regency and contemporary romance novels with AVON and Dell, as well as figure skating mysteries with Berkley Prime Crime, I also spent over a decade working for soap operas, first at ABC Daytime, and then at Procter & Gamble Productions’ As the World Turns and Guiding Light, where I wrote the tie-in novels Oakdale Confidential, The Man From Oakdale, and co-wrote Jonathan’s Story with Julia London.
And if there is one thing I learned from working for a serial drama, it’s that all fans have an idea of how they want to see their story go (and it is their story). And that they get very frustrated when they believe their voices aren’t being heard.
Romance readers are the same way. Though, in their case, unlike a daily tale written as it goes along, it’s a bit late to register one’s objections after the book is already written, edited, printed, sold, and in your hands.
While at Procter & Gamble Productions, I developed a property for them called AnotherWorldToday.com. AnotherWorldToday.com was a bi-weekly serial picking up, ten years later, the narrative of their show, Another World, which went off the air in 1999. The most innovative thing about it was that, at the conclusion of every episode, readers were asked to vote on where the story went next.
The response was quite vocal, passionate and enthusiastic (though, I must say, no matter how seemingly obvious the question, there was never, ever a landslide victory for any poll. People are just too different in what they like and don’t like; or maybe they were just messing with me).
When I started AnotherWorldToday.com in 2009, electronic publishing was still finding its footing. Three years later, a great many things are a great deal clearer.
The clearest is that it is possible to write, edit and publish books on a much faster time-table than under the traditional model. Amazon and BN.com can have a title up and available within 24 hours of it being uploaded.
Which makes a reader interactive serial a technological and creative possibility.
Do I think I can pull this off? I don’t know.
Just like I didn’t know if I could pull off taking my figure skating mysteries, Murder on Ice, On Thin Ice, Axel of Evil, Death Drop, and Skate Crime, and adding professional skating videos from The Ice Theatre of New York to turn them into enhanced e-books. Now instead of just reading about my characters’ performances, you can actually watch them.
But, I did it anyway. Because I wanted to try. It’s up to my readers now to tell me if I succeeded.
And, because as I mentioned above, I love interactivity – I genuinely hope that you do!
About the Author:http://www.AlinaAdamsMedia.com.