From the Page to Life’s Stage: Week 1


Twitter + Literature = Twitterature!

Penguin Twitterature

Being compared to such literary readers as Coles notes and Sparks notes, Twitterature was an idea concocted by two college students: Emmett Rensin and Alex Aciman. The purpose of this project is to summarize the worlds greatest books in 20 tweets or less. Being dubbed the “hipsters guide to literature,” check out these samples:

From “Hamlet: WTF IS POLONIUS DOING BEHIND THE CURTAIN ”
From the “Harry Potter” series: “Oh man big tournament at my school this year PSYCHED I hope nobody dies this year, and every year as if by clockwork. ”
From “The Great Gatsby: Gatsby is so emo. Who cries about his girlfriend while eating breakfast…IN THE POOL? ”

Even though these two boys received a book deal out of this brilliant idea, what I’m really jealous of is their creation of a new word into the English lexicon; that is always a sign of a great writer (Thanks Edgar Allan Poe, for adding so much beautiful words to the English language!).
Book Released: December 29, 2009

Check out this link to browse/purchase their book: http://www.twitterature.us/

Discrepancy: However, this seems to not be the first book that tweets classic literature. The Little Book of Twitter by Tim Collins was released July 15, 2009.
Tweet examples:
Pride and Prejudice:
janeaustin: Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.
The Catcher in the Rye:
jdsalinger: Rich kid thinks everyone is fake except for his little sister. Has breakdown.

But, as the saying goes, “mediocre writers borrow, great writers steal,” T.S. Eliot. (but I’m not one to plagiarize!)

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