What is a hyperbook? It’s a new conception of literature that, like the famous Elon Musk’s hyperloop (the project of the fastest train in the world), finds in speed its proper nature.
Created in 2017 by the writer Eugene Pitch with his novel “Absorption”, now we will analyze the core elements that characterize a hyperbook.
1. Minimal descriptions
The author paints the location and the appearance of the characters with just a few strokes. The rest will be left to the reader’s fantasy, who is let free to imagine it as they like.
2. Short sentences.
Most of the sentences are concise and, instead of linking main and subordinate clause with a comma or a semicolon, it is often used a simple period. This kind of punctuation helps the storytelling being more dynamic.
3. Short chapters.
Chapters usually don’t exceed ten pages so as to maintain the reader’s focus throughout the reading process.
4. A hyperbook shouldn’t be too long.
A hyperbook has a medium range of length between 40,000 and 60,000 words. If a novel is too long it’ll be more difficult to assimilate. Also, nowadays, people spend their lives in contexts that allow only a limited amount of free time to dedicate to everyday reading.
5. Realistic characters.
Too many times in our favorite novels characters are flat because the author is more concentrated on the story itself and the description of locations and scenes. Characters too have the right to be developed in depth, describing both the personality and the evolution within the story.
6. One, none, thousands of different genres.
The hyperbook can’t be confined only in the thriller/suspance genre, but its philosophy can be well adapted to other genres too. It is up to the author’s ability to infuse it in their works.
7. Engaging since the beginning.
It is crucial that the reader can be projected into the story since the start. A prologue, or simply the first chapter, has to avoid useless and tedious introductions, engaging the reader’s curiosity since the beginning. Dan Brown is a great example of this writing style.
8. Many characters.
As George R.R. Martin’s example, having a wide variety of characters and dedicating a single chapter to each of them is a good method to reinforce the reader’s interest and makes the architecture of the plot more complex and exciting.
9. Endless chapters.
Every chapter of a hyperbook should not conclude the action itself so as to keep the readers engaged and give them the willing to turn the page to see how it will end.
10. One plot twist is not enough.
Despite of the fact that a plot twist is always an efficient writing technique, many authors prefer to reserve it just for the grand finale. A hyperbook should have several twists to surprise and engage the reader even before the last page.
Now that you have a clearer idea on what a hyperbook is, don’t wait and join Eugene Pitch and his extraordinary world of hyperbooks!