Digital story a first for Smithers

The Smithers Library is home to author Josh Martin’s new online and interactive book, Run, in which readers can shape the plot.

The Smithers Library is now home to author Josh Martin’s new online and interactive book, Run, a mystery novel where the reader is immersed in the story by making actions that shape the plot.

Run is Martin’s new approach to telling stories in an original format. Taking advantage of the technology online and what it has to offer for creating new forms of story telling.

“I’ve always liked the idea of stories that have a variety of possible outcomes,” Martin said in an email to the Interior News. “Using the outcome of real world events to determine how the plot of my novel unfolds is a unique twist on the Choose Your Own Adventure books I used to read as a kid.”

Martin has teamed up with more than 100 community libraries across Canada to post passwords to access the novel online. Readers use the online content to unlock the secrets of the story and working their way through a series of questions, leaving the reader to decide where the plot will lead. Connecting the fictional aspects of the story to real life events, blurring the virtual and the physical world together, offering a unique literary experience.

“The uncertainty of how the story will end is another unique feature to Plot Hinge over traditional novels,” Martin explains. “Because the plot hinges on the outcome of real life events, it’s impossible to know where the story will end up, even for me as the author.”

With new tech gadgets like tablet computers and E-readers, the way we read literature will forever be changed. Now with the ability to be interactive in telling the story, the reader becomes a defining factor to the story outcome. Run is a prime example of how the next generation of readers will view novels. Not only in a book but in an interactive world online that will create a totally novel experience.

“I think there will always be a place in the world for traditional, printed books. The tactile experience alone gives them value,” said Martin. “But I’m excited about the future of publishing and finding new and innovative ways to create and share stories.”