In my Digital Textuality class, our major project is a Multimedia Portfolio which adapts the same story or argument in four different mediums: text, image, sound, and video. I had announced last week my intention to adapt the myth of Persephone, but ultimately scrapped that idea for multiple reasons I don’t care to go into. In my crunch for time, I somehow landed upon the idea to work on the tragic love story of Inuyasha and Kikyo from the famous anime/manga.
This Monday the first versions of our text objects were due. I had planned to share this post then, but I was still working on it until the last minute and wanted to make sure I explained what it is. Below I will explain the object, provide you with a link to read it (!) and share some ideas for revision.
The Curse of the Shikon Jewel
I decided to call my project The Curse of the Shikon Jewel because it’s descriptive of the specific story from the source material that I decided to adapt. If you are not familiar with the series, Inuyasha is a half-demon who falls in love with Kikyo who is a priestess charged with guarding the Shikon Jewel. When they fall in love, Inuyasha is willing to sacrifice his dream of being a full-fledged demon and Kikyo her duty to protect the stone so that they can be together. Unfortunately, another demon seeks the jewel for himself and deceives the pair to turn them against one another and corrupt the jewel.
This tragic tale is not the focus of the anime or manga series, but it is very important in that it does set up what happens the story which focuses Inuyasha, 50 years after his love story goes awry, and Kagome, the main character of the show who happens to be Kikyo’s reincarnation from modern day Japan.
If you click on the link above, you should be able to access the Twine HTML file I’ve uploaded here on Ink Keys & Other Things! There are three different perspectives you can follow throughout the story. Altogether the story is about 900 words, so it’s a short read!
As you’re reading, keep in mind that it will be revised in the future. If you have ideas for how to enhance the text object in my revision, specifically how to better utilize the medium of Twine, let me know in the comments below. Below I’ve compiled a list of the suggestions provided to me by my class.
In addition to sharing our projects on Monday, we also workshopped them. So I received feedback from the instructor and my peers on how to revise the piece in the future. As is typical with all workshops, some critiques are more helpful than others. So I’ll only be sharing what I agree might make my text object stronger:
- Make links consistent. There was some method to my madness, but it wasn’t consistent. So I think I would like to try and make linking more consistent throughout.
- More artistic formatting. I had a positive response to the formatting of the introductory passage where Kikyo shoots Inuyasha. So I might try to do that with more of my passages, if not all.
- More visual elements. I use an arrow glyph twice in the story and people really liked it. So I want to try and include more visuals with the text. I have already have an idea for how to make a trees out of the writing which will help enhance the “digital”-ness of the text as I was encouraged to do.
- Finally, I need to find a way to include more choices/paths. I intentionally only had one ending to this story, but given the affordances of Twine I’ve been encouraged to create more branches. I’m not sure if I want to clutter the story with storylines that distract from the tragedy of original story though. So it will be interesting to see what I come up with here.
I hope you enjoy reading my Twine project! I’ve long wanted to start sharing my writing online, and even though the story is not my own, I’m proud of the interactive adaption I managed to create. I really like Twine and am excited to create more interactive narratives in the future based on my own original work. If you do not know what Twine is, feel free to check out the text tool review I published last week. It is free to use and you don’t even need to make an account, you can use it online as soon as you enter the website.