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Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less | Alexander Aciman, Emmett Rensin
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Perhaps while reading Shakespeare you've asked yourself, What exactly is Hamlet trying to tell me? Why must he mince words and muse in lyricism and, in short, whack about the shrub? But if the Prince of Denmark had a Twitter account and an iPhone, he could tell his story in real time--and concisely! Hence the genius of Twitterature. Hatched in a dorm room at the brain trust that is the University of Chicago, Twitterature is a hilarious and irreverent re-imagining of the classics as a series of 140-character tweets from the protagonist. Providing a crash course in more than eighty of the world's best-known books, from Homer to Harry Potter, Virgil to Voltaire, Tolstoy to Twilight and Dante to The Da Vinci Code. It's the ultimate Cliffs Notes. Because as great as the classics are, who has time to read those big, long books anymore? Sample tweets: 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?
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😂 Got to laugh otherwise you‘d cry.

AmyG So true. I just read After the Flood....and it sadly rang true. 2mo
CarolynM 😂😭 2mo
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What a surprise upon arriving home! Your parcel did arrive Sarah and how you‘ve spoiled me 😍😍. I expected only our #1001booksswap, the Iris Murdoch! I love the Twitterature, what a great idea! And the dropjes of source and all of it, wow! Thank you so much!! 😉❤️

Sarah83 So wonderful you like everything. 💕 I wanted to add a little surprise, because I was so late 😑 9mo
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Classic literature as it might be told through a #TelephoneWire. Kind of. #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory Sounds amusing 10mo
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Really good bit of daft fun, this. Quite smart arse in places but really funny in others.

1 book to go....

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2 books off my reading target for this year. I reckon I can read this all in one go and finish my audiobook. Wish me luck.

RachelO Good luck! 10mo
TrishB You go 👍🏻 10mo
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Have Littens been discussing “how would a male author describe me?” from the Twitter thread? It‘s popped up in my last couple of emails from them. Curious to see if anyone here is participating. #ownvoices

wanderinglynn No I didn‘t participate, but I‘ve had fun reading all the responses! 😂😂😂 2y
mcipher This was too funny!! 2y
Craftylikefox 😂😂😂I have been reading some of them 2y
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Bianca The best tweet so far is Jennifer Weiner's. 2y
readordierachel 😂😂 2y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn me too! I‘ve definitely thought about what I would say though! 2y
Megabooks @mcipher I have really enjoyed the thread! 2y
Megabooks @Craftylikefox 😂😂😂 for sure! 2y
Megabooks @Bianca Hers is definitely 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
Megabooks @RaimeyGallant 😃👍🏻 2y
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Has anyone been following the Twitter threads about "women describe themselves the way a male author would"? I'm dying with laughter reading them all ???

You can see some here:

Alfoster Hilarious! Thanks for sharing!😍 2y
mrozzz Yes!! I‘m loving the responses. 2y
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Look at @Litsy slowly popping back up on Twitter more and more lately! 👋🏻 #followme

Chelleo I really considered posting #LitsyCrash2017 😂🤣😂 that was a great feed! 2y
Jess7 Yep!! 2y
Jess7 @MinDea did you see we got a shout out on #twitter by Litsy!! 2y
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hgrimes That‘s the only one I know! 2y
MinDea @Jess7 crazy!... think they did it on purpose or meant like buddy reads on litsy in general?!? 2y
Jess7 I‘m going with ours bc I like it! I commented that we hosted it and they liked the comment @MinDea (edited) 2y
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So this is my first parcel unwrapped. 😊 As I already ordered some books for Litten's birthdays, the books which are not for me are turned around. 😂 But I found some nice Snoopy books ( @rubyslippersreads ) and the tagged book. I can't stop laughing. 😂😂😂

TricksyTails 😍😍😍 Love those Snoopy books!! 2y
Sarah83 @TricksyTails I started with this one so cute. 2y
tammysue Snoopy 💗 2y
rubyslippersreads Such cute Snoopy books! 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz Sounds fun! 2y
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And read. 📚

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Zelma 😂😂😂 2y
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Some of my Twitter trends this afternoon 😉

stargazerblue49 Chocolate curry at the library! 2y
jenniferw88 @stargazerblue49 lol! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 2y
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I finally caved and got a Twitter account. When Barack Obama tweets about the small nonprofit you work for, you kinda have to be able to retweet that! 😆

I was even able to snag a handle close enough to my Litsy one, which made me happy. But I also have no idea what I'm doing and need help! Which authors are good to follow? Already got JK Rowling and Stephen King, since they kinda seem to be the queen and king of the literary twitterverse 😄

Laalaleighh Vicariously star struck right now. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, Celeste Ng, Piper Kerman. 2y
tjwill Cool! 2y
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor are great too! 2y
Pogue Kevin Hearn and Patrick Rothfuss are very active. 2y
BarbaraBB Jon McGregor and Bret Easton Ellis! 2y
EloisaJames Hi there! I can't figure out if there's a way to message--you won an ARC of Wilde in Love! Could you send me an email and we'll arrange? Eloisa@eloisajames.com 🎉🎉🎉 2y
swishandflick @EloisaJames YAY!!!! I just emailed you - can't wait! 😆 2y
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So I'm super inactive on twitter but I've been following more bookish accounts lately so I posted something funny (recommending books to friends who won't read them).

Of course a friend ironically asks for recos so I unleashed favorites from the last couple years and tagged the authors because, idk, it's twitter, AND THEN 4 OF THOSE AUTHORS LIKED THE POSTS AND 2 FOLLOWED ME BACK and I'm overwhelmed. 😍🙃🤓

I gotta get back in the twitter game...

LibrarianJen I haven't done twitter in a long time either. It got too much for me to handle. The thought of having Authors like my posts is kinda tempting though! 2y
mrozzz @LibrarianJen yes! Also learning about author signings and giveaways and new releases etc is reason enough to start following the publishers & authors 🙂 2y
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I haven't read this one, although I think I want to. Anyway, if you're not using Twitter you might want to check it out. A lot of writers use it to do everything from promoting their current work to posting their anguish over characters. Yes, some of them get political and I know Stephen King likes to tweet about his dog from time to time. I like knowing more about authors because it can explain their writing - sometimes.

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When I was a young teen, my first attempt at the (big-L) literary classics were abridged stories in graphic novel form. I love this attempt to condense some of the more outrageous plots into tweet-sized portions.

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It's funny. And the cool kids use the Twitter! #epistolary #ReadJanuary #readersunite

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Day 3 #readandeat vegan brunch in prep for day 2 of #bookstoretourism 😃 #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

DebinHawaii Yum! 🍴📚❤️ 3y
Hobbinol Nice 📸. That book sounds hilarious. Maybe you shouldn't read it while you're eating-- I'm worried you might choke😉. 3y
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