Franzen himself remained notably silent in the midst of this controversy, possibly because he didn't want to risk a rerun of his 2001 war with Oprah. But a Twitterer has decided to speak for him: Emperor Franzen.
Like Ruth Bourdain, the Emperor started as a spoof. But over the past few days, as the Freedom hype built (and the book itself went into a second printing, even though it's not even on sale till tomorrow) he has developed a life of his own. After a few days, even Weiner conceded defeat:And now it seems Daily RFT has inadvertently helped him in his quest for world domination.
On Saturday the Emperor teamed up with another literary parodist, Evil Wylie (self described as "a struggling, anonymous midlist author" who has "quickly surpassed the real Andrew Wylie [a literary agent] in evilness") on a comic book, Emperor Franzen vs. Jennifer Weiner.
But success has not gone entirely to the Emperor's head:We are not worthy!
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