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Eight Spicy Hamlet Memes

Alright, so you know we’re obsessed with SparkNotes’ twitter. Or, I am at least.  The memes are so dank. And now there’s a master list of everything they’ve posted about Hamlet, or at least a lot of it, and it’s all iconic. Here we go.


When Your Dad Tells You to Do Something


Clean my room? Murder your killer? Totally, I’ll do that right now. Just let me finish this chapter. Level. Book. I’ll TOTALLY remember the stabbing stuff after that. I’ll even clean up the blood. When I get to it. No one’s perfect, you know?



When You’re Totally Not Jealous


Hamlet might have been the first emo. Maybe. Certainly he was pretty early. Like, I get it man, intellectual and philosophical despair or whatever, your stepdad SUCKS, but maybe go outside. Get some sun. Maybe some soft serve. Commit a murder. Whatever works?



The Roulette Wheel of Murder Excuses


No, I totally didn’t kill my brother, it was, um… *turns around and furiously spins visible wheel* … a snake! Yeah. It was a snake. You know how it is. So many venomous snakes here in Denmark, it was bound to happen sometime. Totally innocent.



Ignoring the Obvious


Look. Your father died in a mysterious snake accident. Your uncle MARRIED YOUR MOM. That’s a yikes in any context, but it’s a super yikes here. Go and get all philosophical about it if you must, but Claudius is barely even trying to hide his misdeeds. Get to the decision, man.



Did You Ever Feel Like a Vine Could See You?


Look, Claudius, if you’re going to pull off a murderous coup, you’ve gotta have just like, a little tiny bit of chill. I’m not asking for a lot. This is like a vampire freaking out and running from the room every time you mention the sun. If you’re going to murder your brother, at least own it.



When the Paper is Due Tomorrow


Maybe just do to him whatever you did to Ophelia. Too soon? #opheliadeservedbetter Seriously though, you live with the guy. Literally just stand there and kill him when he STOPS praying. Kill him in his sleep. Do something. Honestly, Lettie, kill or do not kill, there is no try.



Absolutely No One


Formally. Informally. Hamlet had the emotions of a Romantic, about a hundred years too early. I feel like the romantics would have really Gotten him. (Or like, four hundred years before his time. Imagine Hamlet with a floppy fringe. I digress). Either way, he’s an emotional mess, but mostly valid. #opheliadeseRVEDBETTER



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Kim Kardashian holding a snake with Taylor Swift's head

Celebrate The Anniversary of Kim Kardashian’s Take Down of Taylor Swift Like A True Millennial Bookworm

It’s a year to the day since Kim Kardashian called Taylor Swift a snake for denying she knew she would be referenced on Kanye West’s song “Famous.”


In honor of this momentous occasion, we’ve put together a list of the top five snakes in literature!


1. Kaa: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


Kaa has hypnotized Mowgli and has wrapped him in his coils.

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In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Kaa is both mentor and friend to Mowgli and uses hypnoses to rescue him from some sticky situations. However, in the Disney movie, Kaa is a sly antagonist who repeatedly attempts to hypnotize Mowgli in an attempt to eat him. Seems like this character is a little two faced! 


2. The Basilisk: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling 



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The Basilisk lurks in the depths of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, awaiting the heir of Slytherin. While three of the four Hogwarts founders were accepting of Muggle-borns, Slytherin founder Salazar Slytherin was not. He left the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets in the hopes that one day his heir would release her so that she could purge the school of those he deemed unworthy to study there.


In the second book of the series, Harry Potter faces the Basilisk, who vanquishes her with the help of Fawkes the Phoenix and the Sword of Gryffindor. Even though she is eventually defeated, the Basilisk is definitely one of the scariest serpents in literature! 


3. The Incredibly Deadly Viper: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 


The Reptile Room book cover

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‘The Incredibly Deadly Viper’ is arguably the hero of the third installment of Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events. The snake created a distraction by pretending to attack Sunny while the children escaped the clutches of the evil Count Olaf. While snakes are notoriously sly, this guy is a welcome change from the stereotype and really saves the Baudelaire orphans in this spooky tale.


4. The Swamp Adder: The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle 


Speckled Band cover art

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The Swamp Adder turns out to be the murder weapon in this famous Sherlock Holmes story! The dying words of Julia Stoner identify her killer as ‘the speckled band.’ Holmes and Watson eventually find out that it was ‘the squat diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent!’ Swamp adders don’t actually exist, and it has been speculated that the story’s description most closely resembles the Indian cobra. 


5. Mr. Crowley: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


Good Omens book cover


In this comedy about the birth of Satan, Mr. Crowley is a snake demon who originally tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. He spends much of the novel in human form, but then again, so do a lot of snakes. *ba dum tss*


Featured image courtesy of Time and Mahashweta Burma