Picturebooks 2.0: Transmedial Features Across Narrative Platforms

Check out this article co-authored by myself, Frank Serafini, and Earl Aguilera. This article focuses on the varying levels of interactivity associated with reading and viewing four instantiations of a fictional narrative across analog and digital media. Specifically, we examine the picturebook, picturebook app, the augmented reality app, and the Academy Award winning short animated film variants of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

We consider six transmedial features within a single opening including visual images, sound effects, music, voice, textual elements, and paratextual elements. We also consider transmedial features across openings including navigational elements and transitions. We discuss how these features are realized differently across these different platforms.

In another upcoming article, we address how different theoretical perspectives inform our understanding of these transmedial features. Be on the lookout for that!

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