First Draft of the Revolution is an interesting and unique take on interactive fiction. The plot, taking place in an alternative version of the French Revolution, is intriguing but not the main focus of the story. The story unfolds through a series of letters, focused around an estranged husband and wife and their families. Even with the fact that magic is involved with the plot, the real purpose of this literature is to explore the character’s inner thoughts and true feelings towards topics and the other characters.
To progress to the next page of the story, the reader must interact with the letter presented to them and alter it. The original letter may be what the writer is truly thinking, or what they think they must say. As the reader changes, edits, and deletes portions of the letter, it gives insight to how the characters really act and shows who they really are. The editing is made by the author and the reader can’t enter its own editing, but this lets the author show us who these characters really are, even if the characters can't reveal this information in the letters they are sending. The real point of this literature is for the reader to discover who these characters are through manipulation of the text and changing the text in different ways as the reread the story. At the same time, the character do not reveal their true feelings or intentions to the other characters while actually showing the reader.
Even with all the changes the reader can make, the overall plot line can't be altered by the reader. The reader can alter the letters in different ways and continue, only revealing certain attributes of the characters at times and all these attributes at other times. However, some pages make you change the letter the same exact way to show the character attributes, which makes the reader interaction limited and forced at times. Overall, this literature presents an interesting concept of alteration of the narration that does not affect the story but only the perception