“These memories won’t last” by Stuart Campbell is a story about his grandpa’s memories and behavior after his grandma’s death. The story is procedural by vertically scrolling down the page. As one vertically scrolls there is a rope that I feel represents the sanity and memories that the grandpa can hold onto. The further one goes the rope doesn’t stay in a straight line and also wraps itself around characters and objects throughout the story. I was fascinated by the fact that his grandpa could recall memories very well even when the present becomes fuzzy for him. Although the title of the story is these memories won’t last long, his grandpa memories lasted the longer than his present sanity.
In Alan Bigelow’s “How to rob a bank”, the reader follows the screen capture of “Bankrobr” as he decides to set himself up for an early retirement. He makes the life changing choice of robbing a bank. The reader can follow his every move and decision as he does all of his research and decisions on the phone. The story is set up similar to a slide show as the reader can go forth and back through the character’s timeline.
Although these two stories are very different in content and theme they have similarities in their procedural ways. Both stories allow the reader to go backwards to recall previous parts of the story, and they both only let him or her go so far back. In “These memories won’t last” as the reader scrolls down the Grandpa’s life on a rope the reader the previous part of the story slowly fades away. The reader cannot go much farther back as the memories literally won’t last. In “How to Rob a Bank” the reader can use the arrows to look at previous screen captures but after a certain amount of returns the reader is given a “wrong way” sign to point him or her back in the right direction. Another part of “These Memories Won’t Last” that I feel is underrated is when he says he feels that the world is forgetting his grandpa. I feel Campbell counter acts this by not letting the reader just scroll through the grandpa’s life quickly, but it has to be done at a slow pace. In “How to Rob a Bank” the reader can easily speed click through this young character’s life and story.
P.S After further research I am sad to say the Instagram Bankrobr does not have post from the story.