> BAthesis || interactive fiction & e-lit

Footnote 8: Iser believes that forming implicit connections between sentences is central to reading a linear work of fiction. Because the process of exploring a hypertext is one of discovering explicit links rather than forming implicit links, this process may be very different than the traditional reading process, not just an elevation or extension of it, as the prefix "hyper" might have one believe. It has been argued, however, (Niesz and Holland 123-4) that the connections in an interactive fiction are not literal instances of the implicit connections described in reader-response theory, since the interactor still has to interpret the displayed text just as the reader of a novel does.