hypertext fiction

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An experimental story form which uses some variant of HTML to create a branching structure, offering the reader choices at each stage of the narrative so that a different story is produced by each reading (albeit one limited to the branches built into the narrative). Certain characteristics have been attributed to hypertext fiction: that it is nonlinear, indeterminate, and interactive. All of these are problematic, however, because they can arguably apply to traditional fiction at the level of the reading. In response, Aarseth defines cybertext as a mechanism for producing a variety of expressions at the level of the text rather than an ambiguous text open to a number of different readings. See alsointeractive fiction.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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