Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why Heather Can Write


“Why Heather Can Write” discusses about the Harry Potter fans writing fiction and the troubling issues of religion, copyright, and education that came with it. Harry Potter fans began to develop fan fiction to unfold more in depth stories of the characters and adventures at Hogwarts. Harry Potter is known for its worldwide fan base and the controversy it created. I myself have never been a fan, but everyone has to admit it’s amazing to see the followers dress up in their costumes waiting in line for new book release or waiting outside the theaters for the midnight premiere of the Potter film.

Fan fiction helped young fans develop creative writing skills and grammar. Letting children let their imaginations run free online in writing helps them in their education outside of school. Harry Potter made kids stop watching TV and pick up a book. I don’t see the problem in allowing children explore their imaginations as long as they do it safely online away from creepers.

Potter fans enjoy expanding the story with their own original ideas for example a love triangle among the 3 main characters. Shouldn’t the fan fiction be considered original some what even though they are just creating new parts or ideas to the Hogwarts world. Opinions from the religions of the world cannot control what children read in school or outside. Harry Potter is an option on the bookshelf for those fascinated and if not don’t bother to touch it then.  Everyone has their own preference and choices so let it be. At least children are being inspired to read and improve their writing skills. Everyone has the right to read what they want, when they want.

Anyways, Harry Potter has not only inspired writing, but even a silly mini show called Potter Puppet Time that I am guilty of watching…Check it out! I guess Harry Potter is another example of transmedia too.


Searching the Origami Unicorn with Henry Jenkins


“Searching for the Origami Unicorn: The Matrix and Transmedia Storytelling” is about what the title exactly says, transmedia storytelling. Jenkins uses the phenomenon”The Matrix” to explain how transmedia storytelling uses  different media platforms/mediums such as sequels, comics, and video games to capture the attention from a larger audience attempting to “get” the storyline.

Reading this made me think of all the fan bases there are out there like older ones such as Star Wars, Pokemon (never ending), and now a more recent example  “Kingdom Hearts” popped into mind. The stories are created to build interest and hype keeping its followers on a leash in hunger for more desired information to be released from these fantasy worlds. First these phenomenons start out as a movie or show, then into comics, later video games, and etc. to keep the adventures continuing to keep fanatics addicted to connecting the pieces of the story together.

The Matrix by the Wachowski Brothers created the Matrix with a strategy to use transmedia storytelling because they knew this story could only be put together as a whole through different mediums in order to explore the story piece by piece. By sparking the interest in the first film made way to keep the fanatics hooked waiting for more. For example they created web comics, video games, and in the sequels even put cheat codes in the background to help gamers unlock hidden levels. The Matrix was turned into a puzzling mystery that kept the audience wanting to inquire more information to understand the characters and story better.

Here is an example of “Goliath” a short story created for The Matrix.×01-Goliath-Neil-Gaiman

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