It all started with a tablet. The playwright, set designer and screenwriter Guillem Clua returned to the Sighisoara cemetery in Romania, when he met a tomb where two soldiers were buried, Emil Muler and Xaver Sumer. "I was surprised because he was the only one in which there were two men together," explains Clua, who unpacked the phone and photographed the tablet. The picture, which shows the snow-covered graves with that of Emil and Xaver in the foreground, has become viral in the story that accompanies it.
The other day I promised that I would explain to you the mystery hidden behind this tombstone where two soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were resting and fighting and died during the First World War … and who were buried together. The thread goes. pic.twitter.com/rEdzwIN98k
– Guillem Clua (@guillemclua) 22 November 2018
A couple of weeks ago, Clua uploaded the photo on Twitter promising to explain the story of the two soldiers who fought and died during the First World War. Throughout the duration of a thread repeated more than 11,000 times, the playwright unveiled the impossible love between the two protagonists and the mystery surrounding the fact of having been buried together. Clua devised an imaginary life for the two soldiers: Emil was the son of a wealthy family in the city and had gone to school with Xaver, whom the playwright attributed to the Catalan offspring and renamed him Xavier Sunyer. The protagonists had "a special relationship" until their parents met and did everything possible to avoid being together.
Efectivamente, #EmilyXaver they met at the institute. Both were close friends of Hermann Balan. The three boys were inseparable. But the friendship of Emil and Xaver was special. He says so. Special. And he says it with a certain tenderness that I appreciate.
– Guillem Clua (@guillemclua) November 30, 2018
Clua was dosing deliveries of the story, which dragged thousands of pending users on how to solve everything. The viral impact of the Twitter thread is undeniable: the playwright has won over 10,000 followers and has even rained down on offers to bring the story of Emil and Xaver to the screen. In fact, Clua published a statement yesterday in which he explained that the story is fictitious. "Only the photos of the cemetery are 100% real, but there are still people who do not believe it," says the author. Inspiration approached him as he walked into the cemetery and, above all, during the visit to the city museum. "There, all the fictitious elements came," says Clua. My intention was to have a discussion of 10 tweets, but I was thrilled. While taking so much flight, I extended it. "
The story of Emil and Xaver is part of the new narratives that have generated viral phenomena on Twitter on previous occasions. However, Clua was clear that she wanted to get away from the thrillers and paranormal events that usually accompany these stories. "I did not want to do a Manuel Bartual, I wanted to tell a nice story and LGBT," says the dramatist, who used the recurring tools of this new way of narrating to give the story of credibility. Thus, the dramatist has noted his fictitious research on the characters with black and white photographs, images of Sighisoara and gif. I thought they would make use of Photoshop! "Explains Clua, who points out that the key to the success of the story is that" people are anxious to believe in love. "Although the playwright closed the story on Monday on Twitter, the story of Emil and Xaver does not end here "It will be more than a simple thread in the social network", Clua promises, I want to explain it in depth, even if I still do not know what format I will do ".