What would your favorite literary characters say if they were armed with cell phones and could text? That’s exactly what inspired author Mallory Ortberg’s new book, Texts from Jane Eyre, a collection of clever and hilarious imagined text conversations between some of our favorite literary protagonists.
Mallory, the co-creator of the website The Toast, and English literature major with a penchant for the classics, uses her quick wit and sarcastic humor to bring our favorite books into the 21st century.
“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,” said Mallory about some of her inspirations.
If you’re not up on your Plato don’t despair, the text conversations include characters from both classic and modern literature such as Hamlet, Little Women, Wuthering Heights, and A Tale of Two Cities, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. There really is something for everyone!