In 1966, a group of six schoolboys were stranded on an island for over a year. Fans of William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' may think they know where this is going. But they would be in for a shock because these boys not only survived, but thrived.
How are we holding up, indoor dwellers? I know sometimes it can be dark and gloomy at times being cramped up inside all day, and it may be making you lonely – unless you fall into the group that prefers it this way, but even then, regardless of where you stand, there is nothing wrong with a little switch-up.
So, if you’ve been searching for a fresh batch of quality bookish tweets that’ll surely tickle your funny bone, and you’re in need of a good laugh, well here is the motherload of tweets that this quarantine was generous enough to give us…
Hamlet: Spoiler-Free Edition
Don’t you just hate it when someone spoils something for you – intentionally or not, especially not – for a certain story you’ve been meaning to get into but haven’t gotten around to, or one you’ve just started reading? Well, have no fear, reader of Shakespeare, because we’ve come prepared: if you happen to be reading Hamlet and don’t want to be soiled, we’re bringing you some snapshots of the story without actually spoiling it! Check ‘em out below:
Hamlet spoilers but there’s no context pic.twitter.com/KoJeq7TpjB
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) March 30, 2020
You know, just to give you an idea of where the story goes…
When You Need To Take The Edge Off…
We’ve all had stressful days, and given everything that’s happening to us worldwide right now, that stress has been no doubt amplified, so do whatever it takes to calm yourself down, even if you have to copy ol’ Dionysus here…
Dionysus during the Trojan War pic.twitter.com/G5mmMtbtKZ
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) March 31, 2020
Whether in a war or in a pandemic, it looks like he’s got the right idea.
Worse Than Friendzoned
What can possibly be worse than a guy who you really like turns out to only like you as a friend?
I am a:
? Man in a 19th-century novel
? Wife, but only if we grew up together and I think of you as a sister
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 1, 2020
Oh yeah, that’s right: as a sister… But hey, if Jane Austen’s titular Emma, as well as Cher in Clueless, could make it work, then not all hope is lost… (Good luck unthinking all that.)
Pics Of The Perfect Package
It’s hard to meet someone new outside your home nowadays. Maybe you should stick to someone who’s already inside almost all the time working on their creepily cool aesthetic…
Your camera roll if Dracula were your boyfriend pic.twitter.com/svKPg5maIg
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 1, 2020
As long as he doesn’t have the Coronavirus, he surely is a keeper!
The Possibilities Are Endless!
You know, now that you’re forced to limit your time going out, with all this free time at home, you can accomplish just about anything once you put your mind to it…
Things you can do now that you have all this time on your hands:
– Read a book
– Catch up on your shows
– Devise an elaborate revenge plot against the people who conspired to send you to prison for a crime you didn’t commit
– Bake bread
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 2, 2020
Like I said, there are endless possibilities…
Growing Pains Throwback
As you can tell by the title of this one, it’s a bit of a continuation to a tweet I covered in a piece a long time back. If you have been keeping up with my bookish tweets pieces, see if you can remember the context that this one is nodding to…
hermione at the hermione at
beginning of the end
the yule ball pic.twitter.com/mRb7LSIim3
— mar (@lunastonks) April 3, 2020
Don’t worry Charlie and Hermione: you’ll get your moment to shine… (Also, interestingly enough: both movie adaptations HP and Perks had Emma Watson in them! To that, all I can say is: “You will find that help will always be given at Hogwarts,” “the island of misfit toys,” “to those who ask for it,” to make you feel “infinite”!)
Ignorance Is Bliss
Sometimes, you’re better off not knowing the truth of what actually happened. In many cases, this could spare you a whole lot of trouble…
The naval officer showing up at the end of Lord of the Flies pic.twitter.com/NOZT3JxviL
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 3, 2020
…or even a lifetime of insanity in certain cases – at their extreme – so it’s best to not know the full story, no matter how tempting it may be to find that out.
I know this already has seven tweets at this point, but there are a few that I couldn’t help but include in here, so first up, a bonus tweet…
Bonus Tweet: A Surprise Visitor
When practicing your quarantining/physical distancing, make sure you don’t answer the door to anybody, lest you catch the Coronavirus…
I don’t know who needs to hear this right now but there’s a raven outside your chamber door and he’s got something to say
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 3, 2020
…no, not even if they’re a raven repeating the word “Nevermore” a dozen times! But if it’s urgent, tell the raven to bathe in a birdbath somewhere for up to thirty seconds. You never know!
So, that’s it for the main tweets. Now, here’s one just to make you bittersweetly smile…
Pooh began to wonder how Kanga and Roo and Tigger were getting on, because they all lived together in a different part of the Forest. And he thought, “I haven’t seen Roo for a long time, and if I don’t see him today it will be a still longer time.” ~A.A.Milne #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/ThBFq6J55f
— A.A.Milne (@A_AMilne) April 2, 2020
…and one to get you thinking of a clever title for this significant event in history…
What’s the first sentence of the best novel that will be written about this epidemic?
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) April 3, 2020
…and one to give you an idea on how to see your friends up close and personal but not exactly in-person, courtesy of Penguin Random House…
— Penguin Random House ??? (@penguinrandom) April 3, 2020
…and finally, one to end this article: a long thread of bookish jokes I really think you’ll enjoy!
BOOK JOKES! A THREAD. (Disclaimer: We did not come up with these, we are just sharing them because we all need a laugh.??) pic.twitter.com/aHsN2yINmz
— Read It Forward (@ReadItForward) April 1, 2020
feature image via twitter
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...even if you’re reading this at any other time of the year when you just managed to scrape out a whole day (or two) to read, then it wouldn’t hurt to keep this list in mind…
It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be changing it up with a booze-book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be paring classic books with soon-to-be-classic beer. So, friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.
Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!
1. Lord of the Flies – Natty Light
Images Via AMazon & Thrillist
Lord of the Flies is about a classroom full of boys getting trapped together and resorting to savagery, which sounds to me like just about every frat party I’ve ever attended. The parallels don’t end there: we can assume they didn’t have a wide variety of beverage options. And that’s what Natty Light is: not your top pick, what happens to be there, preferable to cannibalism.
2. LESS THAN ZERO – BRETT YEAST & HELLES
Images Via Amazon & untappd
Let’s get real: Less Than Zero pairs well with just about any intoxicating substance, both because that’s what the book is all about and because you might need a buzz to handle some of this violence and apathy. A disturbing tale of debauchery and indifference, Less Than Zero warns that the only thing you might want to have in common with these characters is a drink (or more). By the time the book reaches its horrific conclusion, you’ll have reached the bottom of the bottle.
3. anna karenina – baby daddy
Images via Goodreads & Wine Searcher
Unlike poor Anna, let’s hope that this Baby Daddy isn’t the reason for your untimely demise. Actually, let’s just say we hope a Baby Daddy is the only thing you and Anna have in common. Just remember that too much of a good thing is definitely, definitely a bad thing… especially if the ‘good’ thing is an extra-marital affair, in which case, it probably wasn’t that good of a thing to begin with.
4. 1984 – THE TRUTH
Image Via Untappd
The truth is that 1984 wasn’t that far off, and that would be a good punch line for a joke if it were a joke at all. Flying Dog’s concept behind this popular beer is unabashed capitalism: “Full Disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share. Sometimes the truth hurts. But most often, it’s damn refreshing.” Is this less a concept and more a statement of fact? Sure. But the idea of psychological manipulation and control is prevalent throughout 1984, making it an excellent pair. Also, this drink is as strong as you’ll want it to be.
5. THE ROAD – SIT DOWN SON
Images Via Amazon & Passion Vines
“Sit down, son,” is possibly what The Road’s unnamed father said to his unnamed son as he explained that he would, potentially, one day shoot himself with one of the family’s two rounds of ammo to avoid being eaten by cannibals. Let’s hope that this experience (that of having a beer and knowing that you’ll never force anyone to strip naked at gunpoint) is much more enjoyable.
6. THE HOBBIT – DRAGONS & YUMYUMS
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The Hobbit pairs perfectly with this fun, fruity ale, a comforting yet sweet taste to remind you of all your nostalgic feelings towards Tolkien’s beloved series. The beer also comes in an unusual color: a particularly vivid pink sure to remind you of summer days and the beautiful sweep of that New Zealand landscape. Hobbits pretty much live to chill with their friends, and why shouldn’t you? Crack one of these open and get (lit)erary. No one would stop you from adding some pipeweed.
7. FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS – DEATH BEFORE DISCO
Image Via Amazon & Lynchburg craft beer cellar
Although Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas was released in the 1970s (so, before disco, you may note) it was actually written during the 1960s. The novel depicts an intense spiritual death, the end of the hippie zeitgeist and the senseless space between generations. While the novel contains little actual death, it’s filled with an annihilation of ideas, from hotel rooms to fast cars—American symbols broken open to reveal the ugliness inside. There was plenty of death after and during disco, too, but little of it has captured so vividly. I’ll drink to that.
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