For the last few months, many bloggers and marketing folk have been talking up the pros and cons of so-called “character blogs”, weblogs written by fictional or imaginary people. You know, like Batman blogging, or a company’s mascot, or a now-fictional corporate figurehead like Betty Crocker or Aunt Jemima. I think character blogs could be pretty fun reading, however, as I talked about in my Q&A What’s a Character Blog?
Now that the storm of discussion about character blogs has passed and everyone seems to be able to at least grin and bear it, if not embrace it wholeheartedly, I have a question to ask: What fictitious characters would make a great character blog?
I think about my favorite novels and think that there are some amusing short-term blog possibilities, like Casaubon in Foucault’s Pendulum, or even James Bond in some of Fleming’s more amusing writing. Sherlock Holmes (or, better, Watson) in a few mysteries, unraveled before our eyes entry-by-entry?
Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy could be brilliant, or Bilbo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, or what about even having Harry Potter blogging? (actually, Draco Malfoy would be a more interesting blogger, don’t you think?)
How about Romeo Montague from Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet or Algernon Moncrieff from one of my favorite plays The Importance of Being Earnest, or even a two-author blog with Paul and Connie Bratter writing about being Barefoot in the Park?
Alright, some more random thoughts: Hajji Baba of the fabulous early 1800’s book The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, Passepartout of Around the World in 80 Days, Tintin of the wonderful comics series, or even unlikely protagonist Robert Langdon of the blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code?
Let your mind wander, there are thousands of characters that could be the basis of some entertaining and engaging weblogs, fictional or otherwise. What comes to mind?