Blog#2- Tailspin


Wow! Tailspin really made my head spin. When first trying to read through this Elit piece I was beyond confused, but then as I read through it more and more and spend some time trying to “crack its codes” I realized that the title says it all. They use the title to convey a certain meaning with the emphasis on spin. The father who was in the war and now is apparently affected by loud noises such as most of those who return from war is bothered by the sounds of his playful grandchildren. I really felt the pain of the noise that I could imagine this war hero was going through. When I first started into discovering the wonders of Tailspin, I realized how loud the sounds were and they were bothering me as I would scroll over the turning circles and trying my best to focus on the readings.

At the same time of being able to feel the pain of the woman’s father, I was also able to feel the joy and excitement that the children were going through. On each of the turning circles, some kind of image or sound or even both the image and sound would come up relating to the text written in the piece. It really grabbed my attention and the noises began to fade the more I got into it.

Another really interesting thing that I noticed was that you cannot move on from the page shown until scrolling over all of the turning circles. This indicates that the reader does not want you to just pick and choose one or two of the sections to read, but that it is very important for you to read the entire section as a whole before moving on to the next part. At the same time of this going on I saw the bottom left of the screen had a little symbol indicating how far you have gotten in the Elit piece. I questioned myself as to why this was important for the reader to know and how it relates to the story directly and the only thing I could think of was that maybe the reader wanted us to see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Everything in life has an ending, whether good or bad. So whether you were enjoying this Elit piece or not, it, like everything else in life has its own ending and it’s up to the reader to get through all the turning circles in order to find out exactly what that ending is.

The blue turning circle in the middle that allows you to click and move on to the next chapter in the story turns red towards the end of the piece and to me that indicates anger and eruption. The woman’s father is so mad about the noises and he is taking out that anger on his grandchildren who are really just trying to be kids and have fun. Its kind of like reality vs. innocence. When the children grow up and go through life the way their grandfather has, they may lose all that excitement and turn into these grumpy- like adults. Overall, I enjoyed this piece. It easily captured my attention and held onto it the entire time, noises and all!


Blog#1- RedRidinghood

After reading/exploring the three different Elit pieces, I found that Little Red Riding Hood captured my attention the most. I believe the reason for that is because it was mentioned in class to be a really good piece and also I know what the story itself is about. I think the author purposely made this piece according to a well known story because there was no speaking or words. The entire thing was told through the music and actions of the characters. The story made you believe you could click on multiple spots, but when I tried to click on them it would not allow me which frustrated me a little, but I really enjoyed the modern twist to it. I think the author was trying to use a boy as the wolf because she mixed in the story with the idea of girls not being able to trust guys in the same way that little red riding hood could not trust the wolf/grandma. There were certain parts of the story you could go at whichever pace you’d like and other parts where you must wait for the story to finish on its own time. Unlike the other stories I have read through Elit, this one did have an ending to it with no where else to go. The music was a good way of allowing the story to tell itself, but at the same time they made you feel as though you could click different options when in fact there was only one option to choose. I am talking about the part where she falls asleep and it asks you if she should dream or wake up now. The only option was clicking “wake up now” and so I did as I continued on with this journey. The clicking of certain things was not existing, but scrolling the mouse over those certain things allowed some kind of interaction with this particular story. The thing I found that made this literary besides the story itself was the flow of it. There was a girl who we all know had to bring a basket to her grandma’s house and then the boy shown in it who turned into a wolf ate the grandma and pretended to be her. In the end when you could scroll over the girl in the bed and almost every item on the picture things would change and it made it a lot more interesting. I tried to read this story without any music to see the difference and there was a huge difference. I realized how much the music was needed in order for the story to be successful. One thing I did not understand was the ending of it, why when I scrolled over her stomach she was pregnant? Was that a sign of rape? Was she already pregnant? I guess that is what the author was trying to do in order to make you question the ending of the story. The author wants you to interpret the story in your own way of thinking. Overall, I enjoyed this story. It was a lot easier to understand than most of the others I have read.