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.