Not too long ago I blogged about the rise of the e-book and our changing attitudes to literature. Today I stumbled across a beautiful approach to modernise literature: Twitter Fiction.
The Guardian have been asking authors to write a piece of fiction in 140 characters or less. In such limitations of space, the effect can be truly haunting; leaving us asking more questions than before we began. My personal favourite is by award-winning novelist Jim Crace:
The tidal wave was merciful to lovers. Its breakers washed us naked out to sea. It rafted and it billowed us and sent us fathomless and far.
A less poetic, but just as entertaining, blend of twitter and literature is the aptly-named Twitterature. In a hilarious series of parodic tweets, Twitterature retells the greatest novels for the techno-savvy, twitter-literate reader of today. No, this is not a genuine alternative to the classics, but it is addictively funny – though in my experience, hugely more funny if you’ve read the classics first, which perhaps slightly defeats the object of the book. Nevertheless, Twitterature is a great read, some examples to get you started can be found here.
Twitter Fiction may not be the answer for book-lovers in the rise of technology, but it is a wonderful mixing of genre and one that I hope to see more of. I’d love to hear what your favourite Twitter Fiction piece is, and any attempts to do the same!