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Do you remember PostSecret? I was delighted to find out that it’s still going strong. Now powered by WordPress, the original PostSecret was a Blogspot blog run by Frank Warren, started in 2005. Visitors were invited to send an anonymous postcard to a post office box. On the postcard, they wrote a secret. Every Sunday, Frank posted (scanned images of) a selection of postcards. As far as I can tell, that is still the basic setup. I don’t remember exactly when I started reading PostSecret, nor do I know when I stopped, but I will never forget one postcard that haunted me when I read it and haunts me still: on it, the anonymous writer confessed to escaping the twin towers on 9/11 and starting over, letting their loved ones believe they had died. Was it real? I don’t know! Maybe. The beauty of PostSecret is that every secret could be real, and there’s no proof it isn’t.

(In 2013, one of the secrets was a murder confession that has been proven to most likely be a hoax. So I guess sometimes the secrets aren’t real, but I feel strongly that it’s better to believe the majority of them, regardless of the likelihood that they’re 100% true.)

One of the best and most frustrating things in literature is when conflict is caused by characters keeping secrets. Sometimes those secrets are big, life-altering, plot-driving secrets; other times they are small, only affecting the secret-keeper and perhaps one other person. Sometimes they are good secrets, sometimes bad. Sometimes the secrets are revealed and sometimes they are not. I have created eight PostSecret postcards, each of them written by a fictional character. You can guess who, if you like — some are more obvious than others! All of the anonymous secret writers are identified at the bottom of the post.

Post Secret for Fictional Characters

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Post-Secret: Fictional Characters Revealed

Note: some of these reveals are spoilers!

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Bruce Wayne

Surely Bruce would want to tell someone about his secret identity. Thanks to Eileen Gonzalez for this great idea!

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Fitzwilliam Darcy

Darcy didn’t intend for Elizabeth to find out he was the one who “saved” Lydia. But he might have told Frank.

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Anne of Austria

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Aunt May

Oh, please. Like she doesn’t know Peter is Spider-Man. (You guessed it, this was Eileen’s idea.)

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Mary Katherine Blackwood

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Grace Pool

I’ve always wanted to know more about Grace Pool, the woman Edward Rochester drove to drink while he romanced Jane Eyre.

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Chloe Brown

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Korede

How many of them did you guess?