Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review: Texts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations With Your Favorite Literary Characters

Media Type: Print Book (ARC)
Title: Texts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations With Your Favorite Literary Characters
Author: Malory Ortberg
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Pages: Hardcover; 240
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genre: Satire / Humor

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love Classics and satire!
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'm just going to leave this example right over here. You can click it to make it bigger if you'd like. In fact, I'd recommend it! What if Captain Ahab had a phone to text with? What if his mad pursuit of the white whale was captured forever in a "convo"? Well, go ahead. Click and find out!

So this book was a ton of fun to read! I've always loved Mallory Ortberg's irreverent humor, and it translates in such an amazing way to Texts From Jane Eyre. If you ever wondered what your favorite literary characters would sound like via text, this a book for you. I giggled my way through pages of classic stories redone as text messages. I think my favorite was definitely Virginia Wolff's very long, very ranting text. I'll leave it for you to discover what she writes!

For those of you who don't read too many classics, some of your other favorite literary characters make cameos as well. In fact, if you've ever seen any of Mallory Ortberg's text conversations on Tumblr and laughed, this book is for you. It contains much more of the same, through the flying fingers of Ron Weasley, Scarlett O'Hara, and even Plato. I'm not sure what else I can say! It's a fun, quick read, and a great way to pass a few hours. Enjoy!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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