Ever wonder why Romeo didn’t get the tip from Friar Lawrence that Juliet was only taking fake poison? It’s not because Friar John got held up in the quarantine house—it’s because he wasn’t checking his Facebook messages!  That is according to Sarah Schmelling in Ophelia Joined the Group of Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook. This convergence of social media and stories found on college reading lists is now at the John Tyler library.

Other insights from the book:

  • Odysseus received a notice.       “You haven’t signed in for twenty years. Deactivate account?”
  • Hester Prynne was tagged in the album Puritan Adulteresses. (The Scarlet Letter)
  • Gregor became a fan of Garbage. (The Metamorphosis)
  • Dracula wrote: Who is the “Edward” guy? Other people I DON’T know: Sookie Stackhouse, Bella Swan, Buffy, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kiefer Sutherland, The Sesame Street Count.

Schmelling will have you looking at the classics in new and amusing ways.

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