Twit Lit Classics involves the abridgment and reimagination of classic works of literature–both short and long–into contemporary tweets. The goal for each abridgment is to present the primary storyline of the original work, to retain much of the themes involved, and to preserve the essence of the author’s voice while simultaneously reimagining the piece using common Twitter language.
Thus, each abridgment can serve as a unique reimagination for lit lovers, or as a fun lit companion for students and first-time readers of the original work, or as an accessible alternative for those too busy to read longer works. It has long been said that reading literature cultivates empathy, respect, and patience. Hopefully Twit Lit Classics will inspire some readers to seek out the original works which will always provide a deeper experience than any abridgement can.
Abridgements of short works of literature, found in the public domain, are published in magazines, literary journals and here on this website. Longer works will be published as books by the Racehorse unit of Skyhorse Publishing. The first two–#Moby Dick or The Whale in Tweets & #Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus in Tweets–will be available in spring 2018.
Twit Lit Classics is created and written by Mike Bezemek, a writer, photographer, and college teacher. He writes and photographs several online columns. Bull on Tap is a series of satirical reviews of so-called “shitty” beers for Bull: Men’s Fiction. Regular Paddler, Remarkable Waters is a series of narrative essays about paddling sports for Canoe & Kayak Magazine. He is the author of Paddling the Ozarks for FalconGuides and contributes to a variety of other publications. He can be reached by visiting mikebezemek.com.