Would you pay $10 To read an online novel that was sprinkled with video clips, audio clips and pictures?
I started thinking today about a story I’ve been working on for the last 15 years. Really it’s been that long. Not consistently though. Here and there. When I was younger I always dreamed that one day I would make it big in Hollywood and be given a lot of money to make this epic masterpiece motion picture.
Well I’ve directed many short films and a feature film, but it’s been years since I’ve made a film and I never made it to Hollywood. Mostly because I stopped caring about Hollywood somewhere in my twenties. But I’ve been really wanting to get back into making more films and really focusing a lot of story and characters.
About five years ago I came up with this idea to just write the story as a novel and put it on a website and charge people to read it. But rather than just being a novel I would also shoot some scenes, record some audio and make some pictures. I would tell the story in multimedia. Think of it like this, you might read a chapter and then the next chapter might be a short film almost like a dramatic television episode. And/or as you read a chapter you might find that certain words or lines are links that open up short video clips or audio clips or photos that help tell the story. There may also be some level of interactivity to the story, like games or puzzles sprinkled throughout. Not to mention the ability to discuss the story chapter by chapter with the community of other people viewing it.
Recently I’ve heard of another author that was doing something similar but not as in depth as this. Specifically for the iPad. The emergence of the iPad and devices like it that I’m sure are soon to follow, really open up this concept and so it’s come back into my mind. But most people don’t have an iPad, myself included. Even so, many people spend so much time these days on the internet watching videos, reading articles, blogs, message boards and viewing pictures, that I figured the idea might just be viable enough.
The question is, if the story interested you, would you pay to access a website that let you view a story told in multimedia? It’s not something you would own, just a flat fee you paid once to have an account that let you access the site and all the content. What would be the price that would be enough, but not too much? Would $10 be fair?
Keep in mind that a project like this would take a lot of time and money to pull off. From the amount of time and energy in writing the story to the cost of production shooting the scenes, paying the actors, props, locations, etc.