Twilight writer’s website
24, June, 2009 2 Comments
Yesterday, I wrote a post on Celebrity Tweets, and talked about how Twitter allows us to get up close and personal with celebrities, as they send Tweets on their way to gala events, or when they are sunbathing at the beach.
Today, my post will be on how authors today are using new media to share their insights with the world, on their works.
Now, I remember the days when I was studying my literature texts, and was trying to think up what the author might have been thinking or referring to when he wrote something, and there was really no way of knowing what that was exactly. You could at best provide an interpretation of the text, and read others’ interpretation of the work. You could read about the writer’s life and times and from there, arrive at some understanding of his work.
And if a writer wanted to explain his work to you, he would publish another book, or write an article in a journal or newspaper. In fact, not many writers did that, as an important aspect of literary criticism necessitates dealing with the unknown – the very point was to make intelligent guesses and conjecture about what the writer might have meant.
Now, things are different.
Case in point – author of the famous Twilight series of books, Stephenie Meyer has her very own website. In the website, amongst other things, she gives the story behind Twilight, and explains how she came to write the books and how she got started, and she explains her choice of characters. Not uncharacteristic of our times, when every writer is looking for a blockbuster hit (very much helped by a movie deal or TV series), her inspiration for the book seems very much based on a potential movie deal.
Of course, this does away with the whole romantic notion of the reclusive writer. It does away with the speculation of readers – was it based on her life? What Edward Cullen based on a past love?
There’s even an FAQ page where she addresses common questions posed by readers.
But then again, you have to admit that the immediacy of the writer is a draw – that reader and viewers are able to have such close access to the writer is a big draw indeed. Meyer is indeed a writer of the times, and is still contemporary.
If only Shakespeare had a website!
Or if Shakespeare could use Twitter, no guesses what his tweets would be:
To tweet or not to tweet; that is the question.
Beware the tweets of March.
What’s in a name? That which we call a tweet by any other name would smell as sweet.
Brevity is the soul of tweet.