Pulitzer Prize-Winner Writes Short Story for Twitter: Brilliant or Bad Idea?

Tech 2012/05/27 02:00:39
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Remember how back in the day magazines used to release stories in installments? Well, with the help of today’s technology, serial fiction may be making a comeback.

In 2011, Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. Now, she is making headlines again for her short story “Black Box”—a spy thriller that is being tweeted through The New Yorker Fiction Department’s Twitter handle @NyerFiction.

Egan’s 8,500-word story is being released over 10 days, beginning last Thursday. Each night, a portion of the story is being tweeted minute-by-minute from 8 pm to 9 pm. On Monday, the story will appear in print, in its entirety, in the Science Fiction Issue of the New Yorker.

When Egan was asked about her inspiration for the unusual format, she told the New Yorker, “I’d . . . been wondering about how to write fiction whose structure would lend itself to serialization on Twitter. This is not a new idea, of course, but it’s a rich one—because of the intimacy of reaching people through their phones, and because of the odd poetry that can happen in a hundred and forty characters. I found myself imagining a series of terse mental dispatches from a female spy of the future, working undercover by the Mediterranean Sea.”

Though the story will first be published on Twitter, Egan originally wrote the story by hand. And unlike the majority of tweets, which are composed in seconds, Egan spent a year working on these 140-character chunks.

So what do you think SodaHeads? Was Egan’s decision to write a short story for Twitter brilliant or a bad idea?

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  • Mavii 2012/05/27 16:10:42
    Well, it depends on the book itself. If it is a good book, then sure, you could try the installment idea. If it is a bad one, rewrite it. XD
  • L1 2012/05/27 15:36:09
    Bad Idea
    By installments? No thanks. I'll pass.
  • Loser lollipop 2012/05/27 14:47:26
    Loser lollipop
    Instant audience
  • gcpajunen 2012/05/27 14:06:25
    Why not worth a try if they are interesting people will come back each day and read more. how she is going to get paid is a different story.
  • baxter 2012/05/27 13:48:26
    Go foue it
  • FrancheskahMae:) 2012/05/27 10:48:47
    That's pretty neat. I say she deserves it. :)
  • caius madison 2012/05/27 09:59:41
    caius madison
    I like.
  • ♥K14 2012/05/27 08:52:43
    Those people that can't be bothered to sit down and read a book can now sit down, and read.... Yeah...
  • fyggs 2012/05/27 06:40:05
    "Brilliant" as in "good job". Be interesting. I was wondering when someone would do that.
  • katywon 2012/05/27 06:26:26
    Bad Idea
    I said Bad because going to twitter and reading installment fiction sounds boring. I would rather go to an online library and download the story I want to read.
  • Steve 2012/05/27 05:30:57
    Brilliant. Electronic haiku fiction, serialized like old-fashioned radio series.
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/05/27 04:25:17
    Great idea,when can the public expect it to be on twitter? I'll be waiting!
  • Trish 2012/05/27 04:24:13
    Bad Idea
  • S123 Trish 2012/05/27 19:33:05
    So, she should be using carrier pigons instead?
  • Rio Trish 2012/05/28 12:03:21
    HAHHA Oh man that is great,, love it. Yes i agree F@k Twitter
  • RoyJLores 2012/05/27 04:21:54
    Wow it really must be short given the 128 or so character limit there.
  • FordCrews 2012/05/27 04:21:05
    Bad Idea
    Twitter is for twits,
    Only twits, twitter,
    Twatter for twats,
    etc would have all been better names for twitter, useless, idiot, soon to be virus haven.
  • Osaka FordCrews 2012/05/27 20:06:53
    Some of the most intelligent and interesting use Twitter. Its not like facebook where people just pretty much play games and show intolerance to people they even know in real life. Though I have made a friend or two. I'm actually better friends with someone someone I never met in person on Twitter than Facebook. On Twitter you can have a conversation with a total stranger and enjoy it. On twitter it makes less sense to block people like people block people on Facebook.
  • Red_Horse FordCrews 2012/05/28 00:18:10 (edited)
  • Dave0626 2012/05/27 03:55:06
    Don't follow Twitter. I just commented cuz she's a fox!....
    twitter commented cuz shes fox
  • Party o... Dave0626 2012/05/27 12:05:30
    Party of One
    lol... Why you randy ole man :)
  • Dave0626 Party o... 2012/05/27 15:41:32
    hehehe :)
  • Wanderer 2012/05/27 02:52:09
    I remember many years ago when a similar tecnique was used airing Radio plays,I found those to be absolutely captivating.
  • tobe 2012/05/27 02:18:47
    Bad Idea
    if she plans on making money on it. even if you don't follow back twitter can be a one way open window and there are alot of thieves out there.
  • Naked 2012/05/27 02:18:28
    I like the idea! it could be suspenseful.

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