Jeff B has postulated this as the 'new media' that devices like the Kindle may spark. To some degree it's not a bad idea, I mean there are times when illustrations themselves provide essential mood to a piece, especially in architecture, and even in my own writing there are times where I've spent an insane amount of copyspace trying to get the right mood, or right sounds, or how a song sounded (hands-down the hardest thing I've ever tried to do and in the end it was still a god-awful poor substitute for what 4 seconds of audio would have done) or something. In my head, things are so precise and rich and detailed that I want to bring that environment to the reader...and it's a cast-iron bitch to find the right balance, and even then you know you haven't given them the scene well (but at least you didn't bore them to tears w/ details).cjpatrick said:Sometimes when I am reading I also listen to music, and sometimes the mood of the music that happens to be on fits the mood of the passage I am reading and it is amazing. I have always wondered if there was ever a way to make a soundtrack for a book?
At the same time, I've read through books that really impressed me in the mood they set and later I'd read the "Author's Inspiration" and be spectacularly unimpressed as what I had in my head was so much more powerful and richly textured. And, other times, though rare, their inspiration has helped get their point across.
There are some web-serials that imbed this type of data to create a mixed media but at some point it really becomes a question of 'if you have the imagery, make a movie; if you have the song, make a musical' when the 'book' just becomes an extended voice-over.
It's really a mixed bag with more potential problems than benefits, imho.