As there are rumors today (e.g. here and here) that MySpace is preparing it’s own tv show exclusivly produced for the web, I did some research on what kind of internet shows are out theren and what are the differences to classical tv shows. Web Soaps have been tried out years ago but as MySpace is going to spend 400 ooo $ per episode, there seems to be a market for it now.

Two interesting approaches I came across are Prom Queen and The Burg.

Observing these shows (and some others) there are some pretty obvious characteristics of web fiction:

Content: Fitting their MySpace audience the stories are set in a very young environment, dealing with lives&loves of teenagers/young adults. Secondly there’s a rather biogrpahical tone, the characters of the soaps documenting there lifes pretty much 24/7 with all kinds of media.

Style: Homemade! Although Prom Queen has some well produced intro parts, it seems like your soap needs to look ugly to get credibility from your web audience.

Lenght: 2-3 minutes is the duration for a web fiction episode. So classical narration has to be abandoned. Quick introduction, punchline, cliffhanger - there you go! Conflicts and relationship of characters can be developed throughout more then one episode.

Ok, I’m going to have some deeper thoughts on the subject soon. Any comments appreciated.

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