Visualizing narrative

People have done many wonderful things in virtual reality, But one thing I still haven’t seen anyone do well in VR is creating a really good visualization of narrative.

Think, for example, of any novel you really love, one that completely drew you in. For me one example of this was Pride and Prejudice.

There are specific places where we are introduced to key characters, where relationships change, where important new information is revealed. There is a structure to all this, and in a great novel that structure is beautiful.

I would like to be able to walk into a virtual room in which all of that structure is arrayed all around me. And I would like to be able to learn from it, for key insights about the novel to immediately jump out at me.

I’m not sure how much of this is possible, but it seems like a great thing to work on. I might try my hand at it. If you are similarly inspired, I would love to hear how it goes!

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