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Guest blog: Beloved book characters on Twitter

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There’s only one celebrity I regularly check out on Twitter, and that’s a semi-fictional one. I double up laughing at “Half-Pint Ingalls,” a tweeter adopting the voice of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House” books, who died in 1957.

Half-Pint” isn’t the only literary character sending out 140-character missives on Twitter. Mystery author Laurie R. King tweets in the voice of Mary Russell, heroine of “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” and its sequels, for instance. Anne of Green Gables tapped out a few notes, though she’s apparently gone dormant. (There’s even another pseudo-Laura Ingalls Wilder, at twitter.com/lingallswilder.) But no one I’ve found even attempts “Half-Pint’s” deadpan conversations, a virtual Cuisinart of insouciant, anachronistic humor paired with modern Twitter conventions. References to “The Rules” and Swiffers and Banned Books Week scatter her literary trail, along with salt pork and threshers and claim-jumpers.

Half-Pint’s “Twittergraph” posts began in July of 2008 with the note “Anything more than 140 characters is a waste of lamp kerosene anyway,” and moved on to unauthorized comments like these:

“Hate covered wagon trips. Playing Travel Bingo to pass the time, but since every bingo space is "PRAIRIE" it's not much fun.”

What am I doing? TWISTING HAY INTO STICKS. Thanks for asking, Twitter! #longwinter

“It'd be a riot if I dressed up as a grasshopper plague for Hallowe'en, wouldn't it? Or is that "too soon?"

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