Tweets enter retro zone.
HISTORICAL fiction tells a story that is set in the past, with real events and historical characters.
It captures the social conditions, perspectives, norms and mores of the time through attention to period detail.
Enjoyed in books, magazines, art, TV, film, theatre and video games, historical fiction is also a growing genre on Twitter.
Watching history unfold, 140- characters at a time, is like a micro- soap opera particularly when there is some creativity to the impersonation.
Some accounts dictate historical and factual events, while others take a humorous, light- hearted angle in impersonating colourful characters from the past.
Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson’s steps were re- enacted to commemorate the centenary of his journey south in December.
Mawson tweeted updates on trek preparations, supplies and equipment and scientific research notes.
Culminating in his departure from London and arrival in Hobart on December 2, 1911, some of the tweets were factual and some humorous.
Twitter has evolved beyond microblogging into a conversation tool. It’s fun to read what historical tweeters write, but it’s more fun to interact with them via @ replies.
Having a conversation with a historical figure is a test of their ability to stay in character.
What does Marie Antoinette have to say about Snooki’s pregnancy? She had better say it cleverly and in- character, or she will lose followers.
Historical figures on Twitter are helping to show people that history isn’t just dull and dusty old tomes, but that it lives, breathes, and, yes, occasionally history retweets.