All the hoopla over the iPad would lead us to believe that video-enhanced books are the future. But if you spend a bit of time perusing book videos on YouTube, the question may loom: who is going to create all this awesome video content?
It's a little miracle that when we read a word -- "jungle" for instance -- and it conjures up a unique vision in each of our minds. Add a video, and all our private jungles are homogenized. So we find video generally works best when it isn't tethered too tightly to the text.
At Electric Literature, we simply give an artist or animator a sentence to riff on, often leading to something strange, beautiful and unforeseen.
We love it when a book video gets weird, and we thought it was time to celebrate our top 5.