The other day, Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR's All Things Considered, used the word "Plantagenet" in his introduction to a piece on American castles:
What's with American castles? Not the brick waterworks that look like castles or the armories or the hamburger chains, I mean, the purpose-built, latter day fortress just down road from the strip mall. Time was, a self-respecting robber baron got rich and built himself a dwelling worthy of a Plantagenet king.
It isn't a word you see quoted every day, that's for sure; so, I did a double take when I saw it again last week, on The Guardian's website: "Plantagenet queen promotes book on Twitter."
Sorry for the long wind-up, everybody. Anyhow, Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl, which I haven't read, but Barrie probably has, will write "a series of tweets in the voice of Elizabeth Woodville, the Plantagenet queen around whom her new novel is based."
According to Gregory's publisher, Simon & Schuster, it is the first time a bestselling author has condensed their novel on Twitter, but this is the latest in a series of recent literary experiments on the micro-blogging service which have run the gamut from the comic to the literary.
Twitter fans and Gregory fans out there, is this something you'd want to get in on? If you are, here's hoping Twitter stabilizes in the interim....