Just as there’s not enough room in a lifetime to read every author, so is there not enough room to sort through every author’s Twitter feed.
Part of how I keep up with the literary world is by following the sometimes prolific and sometimes just downright hilarious members of the Twitter literature elite.
My favorite authors don’t always make the cut (think dead or too verbose for 140 characters), and others whom I’ve never considered reading have somehow wound up on my feed.
A friend asked me which authors I follow on Twitter, and I compiled a list of writers who tickle my tweets:
(1) Bret Easton Ellis is the author of the infamous novel American Psycho, but his Twitter stands out to me because he feels like some dude I would be hanging out with at the movies while sharing popcorn and swapping opinions after it ends. He comes off as down-to-earth but always thinking, and his tweets are real, funny, and often poignant glimpses into everyday life. Although he also tweets about conversations with Kanye West and famed magazine interviews – not necessarily the definition of “everyday life” for some of us.
(2) The Twitter of Margaret Atwood is a hybrid of political updates and tidbits of her daily writing life. There are lots of retweets about the fight for women’s rights and how climate change affects honeybees. Then you get some cute gem about eating a pie as she writes on her screen porch.
(3) Neil Gaiman on Twitter is exactly what I think Neil Gaiman on Twitter should be (and appropriately he uses the handle @neilhimself). It’s relevant, timely and interesting, and he’s always dabbling in several subject areas, which I think gives every kind of person something to latch onto.
(4) The bio of Jodi Picoult’s Twitter reads, “author/mom/Wonder Woman,” and it’s a good summation of what you can expect from her feed. Considering that she has over 60K followers, she also does a pretty good job retweeting and connecting with fans.
(5) Just as he is in the world of fiction, Salman Rushdie is one of the most popular writers on Twitter, and for good reason. He comments on relevant issues, updates frequently, and responds often to people who reach out to him (though I’m not sure how to gauge the term “often” based on what I’m sure are thousands of tweets directed towards him).
(6) Paulo Coelho’s Twitter feed takes me back to reading The Alchemist in high school, which is hard to do in 140 characters, especially considering some of his Tweets are in Spanish. He is sort of like the wise father of literary tweets, and when half of what you see when you scroll down your feed is links to Kim Kardashian, it is often very refreshing to see his tweets, take a pause, and reflect on his bursts of insight.
(7) In a nod to one of my childhood favorites, R.L. Stine has my favorite Twitter bio of all time. “My job: to terrify kids.”
Do you follow your favorite authors on Twitter? Share in a comment!