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:
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: