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A Literary Classic Told in Tweets for the 21st Century Audience

by Bezemek, Mike

Few classic works of literature have excited such enduring popular interest among the general public as Frankenstein. But suppose the characters - Victor Frankenstein, Captain Robert Walton, and, yes, even the "monster" - had shared their tale in tweets?

A rainy Nov night under dying candle I infused the spark. A gasp! A convulsion of limbs! A yellow eye opened. WTF have I done?

In this witty abridgment, Victor Frankenstein's quest to create a sentient being is retold with the occasional emoji. The plight of his monstrous creation is presented with internet acronyms. And Captain Robert Walton ponders the blinding power of ambition with hashtags.

Including an appendix that presents the original passages upon which each tweet is derived, #Frankenstein offers modern readers an entertaining and accessible companion to a great American classic.

Mike Bezemek is the author and photographer of books, blogs, and articles for a variety of publications, including Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Adventure Cyclist Magazine, FalconGuides, and Skyhorse Publishing. He writes recurring series about paddling sports, bike-packing, satirical reviews of "sh*tty" beer, and Twit Lit Classics, which re-imagines and abridges works of classic literature as Twitter feeds.

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