Detriments of the app

Although the app was interactive and gave a new twist into reading Frankenstein, a few aspects of the app really hindered my overall experience. First, the pictures in the background really changed my imaginative images of Shelley’s Frankenstein. I really enjoy picturing characters, scenes, and places in a novel my own way and I think that is what makes a book so interesting to read. Like movies based off books, the imagination is taken away, the director or in this case app creator immediately throws these images into the reader’s head and the reader’s imagination is cannot run freely.

Another aspect of the app that I disliked was the tab for a variety of reasons. First, these tabs made each story different and although this is creative, I felt that because I picked a certain tab parts were left out of the story. The tabs perhaps would serve a better purpose if the reader could go back and choose different tabs to get an overall more in-depth version of Frankenstein. Also, having to click the tab after each page distracted me from the story and I felt, even though I was making decisions and now technically a part of the story, that I was some what disconnected. I could not become fully immersed in the story, as after each minute I had to take a step back from the story and think about which tab to pick next.

Lastly, I disliked how I could not find out how many pages were left in each section. By limiting the reader, it makes the reader antsy and the reader therefore anticipates the ending of each chapter. When I know how many pages are left, I can allot a specific amount of time and not feel pressured while reading. Without letting me know that in the app, I found I was less interested in the story and just wanted to know when it would end. The app was done very well, and does give an alternate and interactive way for reading Frankenstein. However, personally, I felt these features made the app less enjoyable and a paperback version is the right type for me.

8 comments
  1. I also didn’t like how there were pictures of the characters and certain scenes because it hindered my imagination. I had my own vision of what the characters looked like while I read the book and it is hard to revert back to those images after reading the app. The app also gives detailed descriptions of some of the events in the story that I think Shelley intended to be left vague. While innovative and creative, the app definitely took away from my reading experience as well.

  2. Though the reasons you stated for not liking the app are reasonable, i think some of the things you view as negative, i view as positive. I liked the pictures because it made the book more appealing for me to read. The tabs i think made the book more interesting because i enjoy having options.

  3. I agree with Carly that I generally liked the pictures; the detail in some of the anatomical illustrations is pretty gobsmacking.

    I do find it interesting that so many different people had the same feeling about not knowing how much reading was left in the app. I wonder how this would change if it wasn’t an assignment but was instead something that you were reading for pleasure. Thoughts?

  4. I did not find the pictures distracting or revealing, however I agree with you that the tabs became a bit annoying after awhile. Instead of reading on to reveal more interesting parts of the story, it soon became a game to press the tabs quickly to get to the end of each chapter. In response to Professor Croxall, I still would not have enjoyed the lack of page numbers even if reading the app for fun. It would make the app seem more of a chore than entertaining if I got frustrated at the length.

  5. I personally liked the images because it made me feel more immersed in the story and in the setting of the narrative. I thought that I was still able to use my own imagination and picture the characters and setting the way I wanted to. In some ways the images provided helped give me a start as to what I should imagine. If there had been more images, I probably would have found it unappealing like Ali, but I thought there was a good balance between pictures vs. no pictures.

  6. Although the images did limit my imagination to an extent, i liked how they added to the overall experience of using the app. In my opinion, the app is not supposed to be like the paperback book and is meant to provide a distinct experience. I feel that there are pro’s and con’s to this app and it could have been made better to enhance the readers experience. The options missed out of the story chose could have added to the side. Page numbers (some sort of codes) should be added as well for reference. So on and so forth.

  7. Although I agree that the lack of knowing one’s place in the application makes for a more painstaking read, I do not agree that the tab option was neither distracting nor unenjoyably. Not only did it incorporate interactions between the reader and the text, but it also created a more engaging experience. In other words, the fact that there were different paths to take and different “endings,” made it a more enjoyable read than one without the tab option. Not only that, but without the tab option, the application would be too similar to the original text.

  8. I completely agree with everything you’ve said in this post, as my post was very similar. I didn’t like the pictures either and especially the background was distracting. Also I agree with the choices and the tabs, it was distracting.

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