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We Have Always Wanted More

Susana Tosca

Abstract


This essay proposes the concept of “transmedial desire” to characterize the impulse of audiences to engage with their favourite fictions across different media. I argue that transmedial desire is the essential force that makes fictions become transmedial in the first place and offer some historical examples of three different kinds of desires: experiencing, inhabiting and transforming.


Keywords


transmedial world; desire; fiction; storytelling; audience; experience; transformation

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References


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/ijtl-2015-001-tosc


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International Journal of Transmedia Literacy (IJTL)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (22/10/2014 n. 328)
Online ISSN 2465-2261 - Print ISSN 2465-227X
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Editor in Chief
: Matteo Ciastellardi
Managing Editor: Giovanna Di Rosario
Managing Committee: Matteo Andreozzi, Angela Celis, Ugo Eccli, Cristina Miranda de Almeida, Nohelia Meza
Editorial Board: Alan Albarran - Rogério Barbosa Da Silva - Giovanni Baule - Paul Bertrand - Laura Borràs Castanyer - Derrick de Kerckhove - Marsha Kinder - Raine Koskimaa - Henry Jenkins - George Landow - Paul Levinson - Asún López-Varela - Lev Manovich - Nick Montfort - Marcos Novak - Massimo Parodi - Bruce W. Powe - Kate Pullinger - Marie-Laure Ryan - Alexandra Saemmer - Carlos Scolari - Susana Tosca - Alessandro Zinna