Internet is changing many things but… Will Internet change the writing method?
I would like Internet won’t change the writing approximation to the work but, in fact, it has changed yet and we just need to take a look to the History of Literature and watch for a moment in this cruel and true mirror. Do you remember the 19th century novels? I hope nobody who is reading this can remember the ‘opening’ of any novel of Lord Byron –it would mean that a vampire is reading me and I just believe in Robert Pattinson-… but we can remember them and we can observe how the movies changed the novels. Take a fast look to the top 10 bestsellers in th NY Times and tell me: how many of these novels aren’t written to be adapted for the cinema? I know Hollywood industry isn’t living its best days, but every novelist know that a success adaptation in a movie makes the next novel a successful work. As a writer, it’s a sad but we cannot close our eyes to reality.
And now there are a monster against the old novelists and this monster is called Internet –in fact, there’s a urban legend that makes a relationship between the 666 and the www, take a look in Hebrew-. Wanted or not, internet is changing the way of selling, the way of buying and all the industry –and we can talk about entertainment or shoes, it doesn’t matter at all-. Movies? Newspapers? We can be scared if we don’t have a website and I don’t want to say that hard copy book are going to disappear, or maybe they will, let’s see-… and we might be scared if our business doesn’t have a proper strategy to the next ten years… and the fearing thing is that this is just the begging.
But even the awful monster has a pinch of beauty. Yes, I would like to say that the novels will continue being the same but I would be lying. People needs stories now and people will continue needing stories in the future but, as the serial novels ended someday, maybe those hard Russian novels of the 19th century are going to disappear, at least for a couple of decades –or not, I’m just a writer, not a guru. If I would be a guru, I would hit the lottery numbers-. But I am sure of something: Internet will create genres of new kind of writing and the books will continue, but there will another kind of new books that we cannot still imagine… maybe an interactive books or maybe not, maybe a book with a digital character or maybe the writers will return to the serial novels, a chapter for each day (and yes, I know that War and Peace was written like a serial novel).
I don’t know what will happen and I don’t know if I will like it. The only thing I want to say: I want to see it.
Have a nice day, dear Yareah readers.