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Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Future of Script Writing

So many of you know that I have been watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and I'm fascinated with the writing behind the series.
This is no ordinary writing, with direct and immediate interaction with the audience. The characters participate in social media sites, and actual events take place in both the story and real world timeline. I wonder if this type of entertainment is the future of stories to come. I remember people talking about books going in this direction, much like the choose your own adventure titles that are still sold today. But this type of show is very different from a reality show where  people vote, or a staged, planned and solid story that fans can ask questions of the writers or characters, but it is not part of the overall storyarc. In my scriptwriting class, we all turned in a short paragraph answering the same question, "What is the future of script writing?" At the time, many of us answered with more 3 D films and we actually argued about a type of film where the viewers were the characters, and the process would be similar to a role playing video game. But even after that argument, we all agreed that the world has always loved stories about characters. This new form of story, where the characters and audience actually interact, is a new idea that blends the world's love of characters and the viewers' desire to become part of the story.
I might take the challenge to come up with a story of my own in this format.

For more about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries:

Having a modern day Pride and Prejudice is a great way to engage an audience in a story, and the future of scriptwriting may be projects as fascinating and clever as this one.

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