What if book characters could blog?

Sarah at Hard Book Habit reminded me recently that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a real-life version of Ifemelu’s blog. I think it is a great way to extend the life of characters beyond the book and make the book itself never ending.

As it is a Saturday and hopefully you all have a bit more time I wanted to ask you a question: Which book character’s blog would you follow? Which one would you avoid? And what would they be about?

Would Jane Eyre blog about weird noises from upstairs, about her feeling or maybe about the kids? What would Merricat blog about? What would blog of Olive Kitteridge look like? Would it be full of gossip? Or maybe very personal? Would DCI Banks and Inspector Rebus even bother to blog? Would Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov praise America? What would Behemoth the cat share?

It made me wonder what life would book characters lead given a bit more space and time than in a book.

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska



3 thoughts on “What if book characters could blog?

  1. Sarah

    Ooo now you’ve got me thinking! What an interesting idea. I’d sign up for Behemoth’s blog although he might find it hard to hit the keys with his paws! Miriam Henderson, the young woman in Dorothy Richardson’s ‘Pilgrimage novels would be a must read, and the twins, Nora and Dora Chance, from Angela Carter’s ‘Wise Children’. I think they’d be the coolest silver surfers in the blogosphere with two lifetimes worth of stories from their years in show biz. Their blog would be a riot!


  2. I have thought about this too when brainstorming blog ideas. If characters had blogs, I would read Becky Sharpe’s and Hermione Granger’s, even though I might puke if she writes about falling in love with Ron, because I really detest that pairing. Maybe if she blogged about her love for him I would understand the choice a little better. It really is a fun idea.


  3. Deepika Ramesh

    Oh, wow. This is interesting. I never knew about Ifemelu’s blog. Thank you for letting us know, Jo. 🙂

    I would love to follow A.J Fikry’s blog. The protagonist of ‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry’. The hardcore reader will recommend some great books, and fight for his steadfast opinions. 🙂


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