Thursday, March 28, 2013
Voice of the Verse Novel in the Digital Age
Although written in 2005 by Joy Alexander, "The Verse Novel: A New Genre" has most excellent points which are still accurate today. In summary:
1. The digital revolution translates into oral/auditory exchanges.
2. Therefore, the voice of a written text rises in importance.
3. The verse novel, with it's intimacy of exchange with the reader and heightened voice, is the perfect vehicle to carry story in the digital age. With arranged lines, readers "experience the words as sound."
Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2005
Here's to verse novels, past and future!