Would Teen Readers Twitter For 'Twilight'?
- April 30th, 2009
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The other day I caught this extensive list of YA authors who Twitter on readergirlz (an update on an earlier one started by YA author/twitterer Mitali Perkins on her blog.) It was a rad, encouraging list (go authors!), but what particularly caught my eye was the small subsection of “Character Twitters” at the bottom of the page from Micol Ostow’s Bradford series.
It made me think about how fictional characters could play a role in drawing teen readers to Twitter. Even though it wouldn’t be right for every book or every author, I feel like it could be a lot of fun for others. Protagonists, antagonists and supporting characters (the latter might be especially intriguing) would continue to gain depth and dimension in the intermittent period between books and meanwhile, readers would feel more connected to the world that the author created. Or, as connected to them as they choose to be depending on whether they simply read the tweets or actually respond to them and engage in dialogue. Who knows? It could even be a new frontier for fan fiction, in the way it was for the older viewers of AMC’s “Mad Men” who decided to anachronistically pen tweets by Don and Betty Draper and other characters from the show (those were brilliant by the way. Just saying).
I know I might be getting a little carried away here, especially since teens aren’t even on board the Twitter train quite yet. But still, I see a lot of potential. Maybe that’s because I can just imagine how much I personally would enjoy following some of my own favorite YA characters. The one who immediately popped into my head (probably because I am desperately awaiting the sequel in September) was Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. What about you, Ypulse Readers? Which fictional character would you most like to follow? Leave your thoughts in comments.