The electronic literature piece that I read this week was Hobo Lobo of Hamelin by Stevan Živadinović (http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=hobo-lobo-of-hamelin). When I began to read it, I assumed it was going to be a “regular” story. It started off with “Once upon a time…” and almost sounded like a children’s story. I got comfortable and sat up in bed while continuing to read it. It caught my attention because it was something familiar to me, unlike electronic literature.
However, for some odd reason, I could not figure out how to navigate the story. I kept clicking the next page and then ended up at a part of the story that was nothing like the last page I read. I ended up on a part of the story with cricket noises that, to be frank, scared me. That is when I realized there were more parts of the page at the top that I had to click on first. So I continued to read the story and I said to myself, “Alright, this is good so far”. That is when I reached a part of the story that I almost could not finish. I had to stop reading, click out of the link, and went to catch my breath.
I get scared very easily. Between the sounds and the images, it was just frightening and not my cup of tea. However, once I collected myself I went back and finished reading the rest of the story. I will be honest in this blog post, I did not understand the story. However, what I loved about this piece was that it was similar to an electronic pop-up book. I never saw something like that before online while reading literature, which really caught my attention. I also thought it was interesting to use music and sounds to go along with a piece of literature that was so animated. The other part that I loved was that you could read this in French or Spanish. I think that is an important part of literature is incorporating different languages. I could maybe recommend this piece to other people that would love this, but for me, I don’t think I could read this piece again.