Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Stories for New Tech

Lately I've been watching a lot of older TV shows, or shows that take place in earlier time periods, (Stranger Things is so amazing). It was fascinating to me how these shows seems to a part of their time. Some of their stories couldn't even happen now a days. Now with cell phones and texting and GPS their miscommunications and lost turns just wouldn't be possible. Sometimes it will even be hard for me to remember that while watching the show and I have to remind myself they can't call their friend when they get locked on the roof, because cell phones didn't become a popular thing until ten years after the show took place.

Which got me thinking about the stories that we read and tell now. All the types of technology that could work its way into our stories. Like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and Instagram. I don't see them featured as much in novels as much as they are in our every day lives. So I'd like to help out my fellow authors with a few stories ideas I can think of that could feature some of these new technologies.

  • Netflix and Chill - Two millennials get stuck in a house during a snowstorm and only have Netflix to watch. Through their TV watching they learn more about each other and fall in lover.
  • You've Got Tweets - Two people compete in real life over some shared interested (books, politics, sustainable farming, it doesn't really matter) but also follow and comment on each other's posts on twitter. After many shared supported tweeter threads they find each other in real life and fall in love.
  • While You Were Instagraming - a woman dating a food blogger falls in love with his best friend who has no phone while her boyfriend takes pictures of his food and posts it on Instagram.
  • Fifty Shades of Facebook - A woman facebook stalks a celebrity and comments on his page all the dirty things she'd like to do him, until one day he tracks her down and demands she follow through on her posts. Oh-la-la!
  • Must Love Snapchat - A snapchat snaffo connects all the wrong people, making connections with new friends and revealing secrets through creative use of filters.
As you can see there is a lot of shenanigans that can be had with our current technology, and anyone that wants to is welcome to take one of these ideas and run with it. I almost have trouble believing so many authors might shy away from these technologies of the time. I don't see any reason why we can't embrace every aspect of our current world, even if it makes your work less timeless.

No story is truly timeless, and I don't think that making them so is a worthy goal. There's no point in doing so. No matter what technology or social morays or fashion you include in your books, a great story will always find an audience. Just like Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice and Rachel and Ross on Friends.

Besides, one day, this time will be considered retro and cool, and when that day comes, all the young kids will be climbing over themselves to buy your book. You only have to wait a few decades.


Tina Donahue said...

LOL - only have to wait a few decades. Why does that make me feel like Van Gogh?

Great post, Willa. :)

Harlie Williams said...

I love your ideas! Great post!


jean hart stewart said...

A thoughtful post...thanks....

SuperiorOnes said...

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