Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
From the publisher:
Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.
I first heard about this book on Twitter and after checking out the website about the book I was happy to say yes when I was offered a copy.
This is light and fun. It’s more the kind of book I picked up and read a few sections of and then put down for a while than a book I wanted to read straight through. The first couple of days I had it I drove The Hubster nuts with “Here! Read this one too!!”
This is an example (From Gone With the Wind):
where r u
Scarlett I’m at work I can’t text right now
need u at mill
Scarlett I have the baby with me I really can’t come to the mill
My baby. Wade. My baby with Melanie.
guess what kind of corset im wearing
I don’t see what this has to do with the mi-
im not 😉
The subjects range from the classics and Greek myths to Sweet Valley High and The Hunger Games.
The Sherlock Holmes conversations cracked me up as did the recurring Hamlet text conversations.
Some of the books and literary characters were unfamiliar and I really didn’t get the jokes but it was a fun book to pick up and page through when I wanted a giggle.