Consumer Reports: Chat Fiction

Consumer Reports: Chat fiction. (WPEC)

Seems like kids today would much rather text with their friends than read a book.

But now CBS 12's Eric Roby shows us how they can do both in this consumer alert.

19-year-old Mikey Sean says the first time he heard about the app 'hooked', he was sold.

"The name really represents - it really wraps it all up. It hooks you into the story," Mikey Sean.

That's because the app allows users to read fast-paced, short stories right on their smart phones. And in the form of text messages between two people.

"Because you're actually going through these texts and it's almost as if you were texting and he's running away from a killer or something," said Sean.

Since its release three years ago, the rise in popularity of chat fiction apps like hooked has led published authors like Kayla Parent, to take a leap into the new format.

"The biggest challenge was coming up with a story that kind of fit the parameters of this style of writing," say Kayla Parent, a hooked writer.

Hooked has topped apple's app store three times. And more than 20 million people have downloaded the free app.

There are a handful of chat-fiction apps. they are all geared to millenials. but if the young people we spoke with say these new fictions could never replace a good book.

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