More Face”book” Fun

Shortly after I started this blog, I received a request- “More literature as Facebook!” And since the only thing I love more than pleasing my intelligent, sophisticated, discerning readers is mint chocolate chip ice cream, I have obliged. I now present to you my latest batch of Face-books, for your reading pleasure! Read more

Ellie Reads “Le Morte d’Arthur:” Part I

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here before, but I work part time at a local bookstore, and occasionally people bring us their used books to sell. I was pricing a bag of these the other day, when I came across an old translation of Le Morte d’Arthur. Now, I’ve always loved Arthurian legend, and I read lots of it as a kid, but despite my fascination with Camelot and the Round Table, I’ve never actually gotten around to reading Malory’s book. I decided it was high time to remedy that, and began flipping through the copy that had just come in and holy smokes, you guys…this stuff is insane. So much weirder than I ever realized. I’d barely made it two paragraphs in before my brain was about to explode from all the pent-up exclamations of “WTF?” And I decided that this was too good to keep to myself.

Thus was born what I hope will be a new recurring feature on this blog- “Ellie Reads,” where in I work my way through a classic so you don’t have to. Not only that, but I provide plenty of pithy commentary and fun pictures along the way. Our first joint literary adventure will, naturally, be Le Morte d’Arthur. And so, let us begin… Read more

Literary Collaborations that (Un)fortunately Never Took Place

Peanut butter and jelly. Popcorn and a movie. Bacon and…well, everything. Some things are just better together. The same goes in the artistic realm. What would Gilbert have been without Sullivan? Would we remember Rodgers without Hammerstein? What if Fred had had no Ginger?

This isn’t always the case, though. There are many cases where, had collaboration taken place, instead of getting a timeless masterpiece, we would have gotten something very different indeed. Cases like these: Read more

Literary Limericks

We all want to be well-read. But let’s face it- in this fast-paced day and age, few of us have either the time or the attention span to sit around and wade through pages and pages of dusty old classics. After all, this is the twenty first century! Gone are the days of sitting in armchairs, leisurely reading stacks of leather bound books by flickering candlelight. This is the age of Facebook and Twitter, of DVR and 140 character updates. We like things short, snappy, and to the point! The world has changed, and literature will just have to keep pace. We want to be well-read, and we want to get that way FAST! Read more

Putting the “book” in “Facebook”

So many great works of literature would be completely different had their characters had Facebook. A simple wall post from Juliet to Romeo could have prevented much tragedy. The Count of Monte Cristo could have saved time and effort by simply tagging his enemies in compromising photos. And I’m pretty sure Captain Smollett would have thought twice about hiring Long John Silver after checking out the guy’s profile. Of course, myriads of other possibilities spring to mind as well. You know, like these: Read more

What is this blog?

Good question.

This blog is what happens when an English major in need of a creative outlet spends too much time thinking things like “What if Shakespeare had Facebook?” or “What if Mark Twain and Fyodor Dostoevsky collaborated on a retelling of ‘The Three Little Pigs’?” or “Can you imagine if Miss Havisham had a relationship advice column?” That English Major, in case you hadn’t guessed it, would be me- the girl who spends more time with fictional characters and dead authors than real people, and starts coming up with ideas like those just mentioned. Ideas which I was then always posting on Facebook, until one of my friends said “You should start a blog!” to which I replied “A blog, you say? Hmmmm. I am intrigued. TO THE BLOGMOBILE!”* And then I ended up here, in my own little corner of the Internet.

Join me, for adventures in literature!

*Not exact quote