You all know the Twitter account Guy in Your MFA, mostly because you don’t need to be in an MFA program to know “that guy.” He loves cigarettes, whiskey, and writing complex stories misconstruing women he has met once—or, better yet, has never even spoken to. This behavior, of course, is a natural extension of his genius and comes from no deeper flaw. If you’re pretty but not pretty enough to be threatening, he might let you listen to him talk about his unpublished novel for five hours before never texting you again.
The writer behind Guy in Your MFA, Dana Schwarz, has two published novels—and another parody Twitter account. Dystopian YA Novel depicts a grim reality in which writers can only lazily allude to poverty and racism without ever actually acknowledging what real racism and poverty look like. Also, ordinary words have capital letters to let you know they’re Significant.
Now there’s a new literary Twitter on the scene… even if this character probably has an “old soul.” Bougie London Literary Woman made her debut in November 2018, even if she’s spent far longer strolling the nighttime London promenades, watching the lamplight run across the stone like water. Or whatever literary types do to stay inspired. The mysterious fictional woman describes herself as “a twenty-something seabird adrift on the tides of London. Can be found devouring literature, swimming wild, and scribbling.” The owners of the account are currently unknown, though the bio reassures fans: “a man is not behind this account dw.” Highlights include:
The account’s recent popularity means that the mystery women behind Bougie London Literary Woman (yes, we do know there are multiple people!) has garnered an interview with The Guardian. The Literary Women answered lighthearted questions while remaining in character: when asked “Smythson or Moleskine?” the character responded, “I buy all my stationery in Florence; English paper lacks a certain verve.”
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The most surprising detail in the interview isn’t actually that surprising at all: the account gets lots of a certain kind of male attention… “which goes to show that even if you are an explicitly fictional, non-existent parody woman, you somehow still get DM slides from creepy men.” Maybe such glamorous adversities will help inspire the characters’ undoubtedly sprawling novel one day.
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