A Million Blue Pages Review
How did this assignment affect your reading of this novel?
I thought the original assignment of reading House of Leaves would be a chore in itself. Knowing I had to go further and create five nodes made the idea seem a little more tedious. Instead of enjoying the novel for what it was, I was more focused on the outside assignment. This, I feel, caused most of the issues I had when reading the book. Instead of reading leisurely, I tried to comprehend absolutely every part of the ‘story line’, including following footnotes that lead to nowhere. This was frustrating in the way that it sometimes took me a good hour and a google search or two to make it through a page or chapter. I did not appreciate that experience in the least. I feel that this project would have been much less stressful and more enjoyable if I had been on the of the privileged few who have had the opportunity to explore this book in a previous semester. From what I observed, comprehension came to them much easier. Also, when it came to the big picture, observing nodes coming from outside the class just caused me more confusion. Obviously some of the nodes had absolutely nothing to do with house of leaves, at least, there was no correlation that the class observed, though our own nodes helped me a little. I don’t know, I still don’t understand the entirety of the book, but as frustrating as it was the first time through, I doubt I’ll be going through it again.
What Platforms/Media did you use and what use do you see these having in other work?
Through the duration of the project I used a few different types of media to help me along with creating my nodes. My favorite outlets were the basic picture taking and editing skills of my iPad, and the ever-famous, novice friendly Paint Program. I used these in creating the majority of my nodes, as I am absolutely nowhere near the talent level of those who used Photoshop or some equivalent. For my video requirement, I installed a gif-creating app on both my phone and iPad. I was glad to find out the app had a relatively decent learning curve. I am not sure how any of the platforms I used to finish my portion of the project will come into use sometime in the future. However, for our final project, Paul is creating an interactive map, which is cool.
What was most interesting and successful? What wasn’t?
I found, throughout the project, that many things were interesting though not necessarily successful. I originally found House of Leaves as interesting, but I do not see myself as successful in reading it. Throughout the whole duration of House of Leaves, the most interesting and successful event was “crafternoon”. I enjoyed that, and it came easily to me. At first I had no idea what to create for my nodes, and once I figured that out, I had no idea how to go about creating them. Again, I am rather artistically challenged, so I found most of my ideas to be unsuccessful.