Do you know that Twitter is not only made for people alive today? There are Twitter accounts created for classic writers such as William Shakespeare (@Wwm_Shakespeare), Edgar Allan Poe (@Edgar_Allan_Poe), Charles Dickens (@Charles_Dickens), but also for main book characters.
These are made to honor them and to share snippets of their old works. They also interact as if they’re existing in today’s modern world. Pretty cool, huh?
There are also Twitter accounts for fictional TV or movie characters who are posting tweets consistent to their character. The most famous ones include Batman (@TheBatman), Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson), Indiana Jones (@IndianaJones) and a lot others.
What does it mean to you as a fiction author?
Time to up your game, NOW! Let your lead characters take over the scene…or Twitter.
Here are the things you must consider before venturing into this idea:
- You must have time to invest in building your character’s online persona.
- You must post regular tweets.
- You must interact with your followers by not only posting quotes from the books but by making the online persona engaging and relevant.
- By having another Twitter account for your lead characters, it means you will need a third-party app to organize your accounts. Check out Hootsuite or Tweetdeck so that you don’t need to sign in and out to switch between accounts.
There are many fictional book characters on Twitter. Today, however, I picked only two to show that they really possess the qualities which make their accounts a hit on Twitter.
Thing is, you should’ve at least watched the movie (if you have not read the book which 90% of my body doubts) so you can relate to the tweets by these two characters. I will give a bit of background though, for everyone’s benefit.
Up next are the THREE ways to tweet “in character” just like these two.
Tweet WITTY RHETORICS
These are the character’s interesting quotes or lines referencing the book. You must sprinkle the feeds with a few of these every now and then.
Those who have really followed the story would easily recall which part of the book that particular line appeared. It gives them that sweet moment to smile deep inside because they know they can relate really well.
:: Here’s Voldemort tweeting that phrase that wizards say to access the Marauder’s map, a magical map.
:: Professor Snape here included a picture, too, for additional visual impact.
Tweet in the UNIQUE VOICE of the main book characters
Tweet “in character” and not as the author referring to the character. You should be able to give the real feel of who these characters are by speaking in their unique voices.
:: No wonder Severus Snape would say what he tweeted below. He’s a mean professor from Slytherin. And Avada Kedavra is the killing curse.
:: Meanwhile, Voldemort is trying to cause division among families because he’s not capable to love.
Tweet something RELEVANT TO MODERN-DAY ISSUES
Eventhough they are main book characters confined in a story, you can still make your tweets relevant to current issues yet still speaking in their voice.
:: Snape still thinks Leo should’ve won an Oscars for Titanic. But he’s quite mean to photoshop him with Voldemort and take Rose out of the picture. How awful. 😛
:: And Voldemort can also air his political views. Muggles are…people and not witches or wizards. Voldemort look down on muggles.
Those are only a few samples. Hop on to Twitter and see more of their tweets. They post on a regular basis! You, too, can do the same.
You can give a new color to your fiction-writing by making your characters alive on Twitter. It will all go back to you being the author of the book.
I’ll bet it’s a lot more applicable if you’re writing a series. Let’s say you have released the 1st of 3 books. You can already create a Twitter for the lead characters so they can start establishing a connection with your readers and look forward to the next 2 books.
Don’t you love being a fiction writer?
You create your own world and invite some people in.
And if you make this world believable on Twitter through your lead characters, then you, as an author, will stand out.