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Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. 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. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.

What would happen if your favorite literary characters had cellphones? 

If Achilles and Patroclus could text each other? What would Peeta & Katniss text each other? What if Elizabeth Bennet could text?

All of these questions are answered in the most hilarious way. This book is comprised completely of text messages of your literary characters! 
Elizabeth Bennet & Mrs. Bennet 
The messages themselves are so funny! They reference the books where the characters are from, but using modern speak and sometimes 21st century references. 

Ron & Hermione
I’m not well read in regards to the classics, so there were some references that I didn’t grasp, but yet I still found them funny! 

I think this is the perfect book to gift to someone who loves classics, and loves parodies as well. It’s a highly entertaining book that you can definitely re-read as many times as you want, because it never ceases to be funny. 

Marianne :) 


  1. Okay this sounds totally fun and unique! Glad you liked it so much!

  2. I just read (and will soon review) this one, too! Great minds think alike. :)
    And I agree- some of these I didn't get, and others totally cracked me up.

    1. I've actually reread this one so many times already. When I get bored I just read it again. Haha.

  3. This is the first that I've heard about it and it seems like a pretty quick read! I may have to check it out. Great review.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. Great review! I loved this book - especially Edgar Poe's texts. They were hilarious. I also LOL and tried to explain a funny bit to all of my reading friends. They thought it was hilarious too. I think it's a good book for bookish people! :)

    1. Poe's texts were so funny! Haha. I'm glad you liked it too :)


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