How Could Technology Transform The Re Telling Of "The Hobbit"?

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The novel that I have read, "The Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien, can be easily retold by technology, as it is a fantasy novel. J.R.R Tolkien has written the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with "The Hobbit" as a prelude. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has already been retold using technology, as movies have been created about it. "The Hobbit" could be retold in a movie format, but there are other ways, using more advanced technology, to retell this novel.In the Gershenfeld Chapter "Bits and Books", it explains about the new printing and paper technology that we might use in the future. The arrival of smart paper, which uses microencapsulating ink to print words, can be used to retell every book and it will be the way of printing in the near future. Also, with the newly founded technology of radio paper, all kinds of books can be retold. With the radio paper, items such as newspapers will never be out-of date as the paper receives radio waves with news to update the page. Using this technology to retell my story, one can just have paper sitting out on a desk and be downloading the story onto the paper. This is much different than the thick books that we read today. One can just have one piece of paper and have the freedom to read any story he or she chooses to read. All they have to do is download the story onto the paper and begin reading.These new technologies of the electronic book will probably make bookstores or libraries obsolete. Since pages of books can be just downloaded into pages of an electronic book, there would be no more use for paperbacks or hardcovers. With the extinction of real books, the effect of the novel wouldn't be the same with an electronic version. I think that the quote, "seeing a Gutenberg Bible is knowing that Gutenberg held the same object that you are looking at, drawing the connection across the centuries between you and him and everyone else who has come in between" shows the differences and how it wouldn't be the same as the original book.With the technology available now to make video games and movies about the story line of novels gave me an idea on how to retell "The Hobbit". Using 3D technology, the setting in "The Hobbit" would be turned in to a virtual world, similar to a video game. Only, it is not a video game, but a movie. In the movie however, viewers won't be restricted to see one camera angle throughout the whole movie. The viewer would have the power to move throughout "The Hobbit" world and see what is happening in any place at any point in the story. This would give viewers a more detailed understanding of the story. The realism of the setting and the characters in 3D animation will make the viewer think they are seeing the story events up close. Also, using 3D technology will make creatures, such as trolls, elves, goblins, and others, and battle scenes seem very realistic. For example, the final battle in the novel, the Battle of the Five Armies, is a fight between good and evil. In this case, it is the...

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