by Brandy D. Anderson
Words are a writer’s bread and butter, but that doesn’t mean that every writer has an entertaining Twitter account. Some authors can create magic on the page but be a bit of a bore online. Happily, though, I’ve got three of the world’s biggest authors who are quite entertaining and informative in the Twitter verse – they also all happen to hail from different countries (US, England, and Canada), so we’ve got a nice little intercontinental, multi-genre vibe going on.
Stephen King has long been lauded as the modern king of Horror. Since selling his first short stories in the late 1960s, King has become one of the biggest household names. From Night Shift to Carrie to Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, The Stand, The Shining, just to name a few, it’s hard for any author of suspense to beat the diversity that King has. Not only is King prolific when it comes to books and movie adaptations, but he is also one of the most active tweeters out there.
The contents of his tweets vary, but they’re primarily comprised of comedic observations, political commentary, personal news announcements, and appreciative plugs for the work of others. He is really great at responding to his Twitter fans. And he certainly isn’t afraid to speak his mind. One good example can be found in his text from last week where he says, “Trump supported O’Reilly because both are members of the odious Boys Club where members feel they can abuse and humiliate women at will”. King then retweeted a fan’s (Jesper Weigner) response: “it backfired horribly on O’Reilly. Two rutting dinosaurs validating one another is just too much for America to stomach. One down one to go!”
While King has always been open about his politics, his political tweets have grown since Trump took office. His Trump tweets go from being serious to mocking and then back again. Although he is unabashedly outspoken against the current president, he tries to be cognizant of the fact that some of his fanbase may have alternate political views. For example, he tweeted: “I say this gently and kindly: if you voted for Trump and still think he’s doing a good job, you haven’t been paying attention”. But then the next day he turned his politics into a tongue-in-cheek post by saying “at least Trump has provoked some great music. Here’s Ike Reilly’s awesome new anti-travel ban song. Dig it. YouTu.be/0oItLC2FOGA”.
However, he does tweet a lot of non-political content as well. For one thing, he is a huge fan of The Walking Dead. He tweets about the show often, and just yesterday tweeted “best TWD line of the year belongs to Eugene : ‘…it can change the game of our food situation from critical to hunky-dunky’”. He’ll sneak in fun personal plugs: “the Mr. Mercedes series is really good. And if you watch closely, you just might see yours truly”. You’ll also find funny comments like this self-aware tweet: “the clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT… kids have always been scared of clowns. Don’t kill the messenger for the message”. King tweets a lot, at least every day, but often he will tweet numerous times per day.
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JK Rowling first came to fame in the late 1990s with her boy wonder, Harry Potter. Since then, the boy wizard, and his magical adventures at Hogwarts and beyond, have thrilled readers of all ages. Eight blockbuster Hollywood movie adaptations of the seven books have brought Harry’s stories to an even wider audience. Although Harry Potter has seemingly come to a close – I still don’t quite believe Jo when she says there won’t be another Potter book – we’re still getting new stories and movies about the magical universe beyond Hogwarts. Additionally, Rowling has also penned mystery novels geared for a more adult audience.
Rowling’s Twitter page is probably one of the most inspirational author pages you’ll ever see. She spends a lot of her time on social media fighting bullies, both online and offline (her rows with Piers Morgan are always a hoot). She also tweets lovely and comforting messages to her fans. A wonderful example can be found in this recent exchange: fan Rachel Williams tweeted “today’s an awful day. So I’m losing myself in another world. @JK_Rowling I hope you know how much comfort your words bring. #Harry Potter”; JK Rowling responded, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home X”.
You also find funny tweets like this one: “I woke up today in the belief that there’s no form of otter I can’t love. Then Twitter introduced me to the ‘snot otter’”; she posted a picture of said snot otter – not so cuddly. She retweets some quotes by others, like this one from Literary Interest : “a writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for others – Thomas Mann”. Another thing you’ll find on Rowling’s page is a plethora of humanitarian tweets.
For instance, she recently tweeted “before you decide to volunteer in, or donate to, an orphanage abroad, please, please read this: bit.my/2pqzDYD #stoporphantrips”. There are many retweets from Lumos as well, a nonprofit organization founded by Rowling which works to “end the harm of institutionalization and help 8m children worldwide regain a family life”. Of course, there are also a lot of political tweets like this one, “Trump’s reading of the snake was meant to trash an old, inspiring idea of America. @hasanminhaj reminds us that POTUS is not the country”. Another tweet bares a chart with the caption “extolling the virtues of capitalism but complaining when it benefits people outside your preferred demographic”. Rowling usually tweets at least a couple of times a day, and sometimes as much as eight to ten times in one day.
Margaret Atwood is one of Canada’s most famous authors. She’s written many works including Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace , The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and Surfacing. Her most famous work is, of course, The Handmaid’s Tale, which is currently gaining even more attention since its recent miniseries adaptation. Atwood is also known for her political and environmental activism.
With The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation currently causing a lot of buzz, a number of Atwood’s recent tweets are devoted to it. She tweeted a link to a CBC article talking about how “The Handmaid’s Tale has renewed resonance and a new audience”. Atwood has shared the new show posters, and she also has been sharing what channels and websites you can watch the show on. At a premiere party she attended, Atwood snapped a pic of the really cool “themed #handmaidstale washroom sign at @handmaidsonhulu party last week…wordless…” Atwood is also retweeting some social media review bytes of the show, like this comment from actress Patricia Arquette : “totally hooked on the handmaid’s tale @handmaidsonhulu, beautifully acted and the sets, wardrobe and cinematography are great”.
Atwood’s account contains a lot of green friendly messages and environmental pleadings. For instance, one recent tweet from her reads, “yes, I am a climate alarmist. Global warming is a crime against humanity. – Lawrence Torcello”. Another retweet is from Ecojustice : “great conversation on #environmentalracism and #water between our sister org @earthjustice and @aurabogado”. One more example comes from an Ocean Conservancy tweet: “take action, tell @secretaryzinc and POTUS: don’t give away America’s coasts”.
Other tweets from Atwood include short accolades, such as this one : “last night, Epic at Canadian opera production of Louis Riel – astonishing singing and necessary story. Politics, bad faith.. #metis # Manitoba “. Atwood also talks a lot about equality for all. She recently tweeted a link commenting , “help make it happen for young ambassadors for inclusion on Indiegogo”. Another tweet she shared comes from Kevin : “everyone retweet! An LGBT ‘ Underground Railroad ‘ is working to evacuate gay men from chechnya”, and there’s a link included, and another retweet comes from Representative Mark Takano: “persecution of gay men in chechnya demands a response from any nation that values human dignity #alleyesonchechnya”, and there’s a New York Times link included. Atwood tweets often, usually numerous times a day.