Motivations for Rereading in Interactive Stories: A Preliminary Investigation

  • Alex Mitchell
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6432)


This paper describes a preliminary investigation into the concept of rereadability in interactive stories. Through a close reading of the text-based interactive fiction Alabaster, seven possible motivations for rereading an interactive story are identified. This close reading suggests that, while there are many ways in which rereadability in interactive stories is similar to rereadability in traditional (non-interactive) fiction, there are also forms of rereadability that are unique to interactive storytelling.


Rereading interactive fiction player motivations close readings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Mitchell
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  1. 1.Communications and New Media ProgrammeNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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