posted by Lindsay Susla
In our highly-connected world, the lines seem to be constantly blurred between citizen and journalist. The question is, is the distinction between citizen and novelist becoming less distinct? As more twitter accounts and blogs are turned into bestselling books, is it easier than ever to become a published author? Here are three success stories:
50 Sheds of Grey: Dubbed “erotica for the not-too-modern male,” this parody of the popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey was started by Colin Trevor Grey. This twitter account (and now book) of gardening-themed tweets are written in a way which poke fun at its namesake trilogy. Look for the occasional tweet which includes a photo of a unique shed.
Humblebrag: This account was created after Harris Wittels, television writer, noticed that many people felt twitter was the venue to complain about problems that aren’t really problems. Example:
@AdrianneCurry also trying to figure out what career I should go for when I am done. Schooling will be a must, I have no college. Ugh, stupid modeling.
The book spinoff, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, discusses the different types of humblebragging and how the trend first began.
Sh*t Girls Say: Born out of the popularity of a twitter account and viral YouTube video of the same name, this new book makes fun of what girls supposedly say. “I hate my laugh,” “Miss your face,” and “Can I steal one of your fries?” are a few examples of tweets from the account, and honestly, things you’ve probably heard a girl say.
What I’m wondering is what this new trend means for the publishing world. Does the ease of social media mean that more great voices will be heard? Or are we just releasing more drivel into the literary world in the name of making money? What do you think?