8.6.09

LITTLE BOOKS

Some of the world's best known books have been
condensed down to Twitter size. Tim Collins,
author of The Little Book Of Twitter, has
transformed them into 140 characters.

They include Shakespeare's Hamlet which becomes:
'Danish guy's mum marries his murdered father's
brother. He sees his dad's ghost.
Everyone dies. Fail.'


Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, is rewritten
as: 'Orphan given £££ by secret follower. He
thinks it's @misshavisham but it turns
out to be @magwitch.'


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte becomes
the pithy: 'Catherine Earnshaw marries Edgar
Linton but really loves Heathcliff *sigh*.'


James Joyce's Ulysses is reduced to: 'Man walks
around Dublin. We follow every minute detail
of his day. He's probably overtweeting.'

Collins has also had a go at some modern
best-sellers like Dan Brown's The Da Vince Code:
'Professor of symbology tries to solve a murder
by following clues around touristy locations
in Europe. Very few paragraphs
are longer than tweets.'


And he cleverly manages to transform both
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Helen
Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary
into the same 18 words.


They are: 'Woman meets man called Darcy
who seems horrible. He turns out to be
nice really. They get together.'


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