OK, if you are like me, right about now you're tired of being stuck indoors and need a new site to look at. Was everyone in the world on facebook and Webkinz yesterday? Webkinz took forever to load, and if one more person posted a picture of their snowy backyard on FB, my laptop was going to blow.
Well, I read a number of book sites when I can, but for the first time yesterday I stumbled across Book-A-Minute Classics. Oh man, funny, funny stuff. You've got to check it out--whether you love the classics or hate them. It's just what it sounds like, summarizing the classics in a minute or less. Of course I first had to look up books I hate. Here are a couple:
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway:
An old man catches a fish that's too big for his boat. The fish gets eaten by sharks. Then he goes home and DIES.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Ishmael: Call me Ishmael.
Captain Ahab: Crew, we will seek the white whale and kill it, because I am insane.
Crew: Alas, your destructive obsession will be our undoing.
(They almost find the white whale. Then they almost find the white whale. Then they find it.)
Captain Ahab: I stab at thee. I stab at thee.
(Everybody dies except Ishmael, although this is no surprise, because it was foreshadowed CONTINUALLY from the BEGINNING.)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield: Angst angst angst swear curse swear crazy crazy angst swear curse, society sucks, and I'm a stupid jerk.
I'll just give you one more because you need to check it out for yourself (there are lots of books on there). This is definitely not a book I hate, it's a book I love and am struck by its brilliance every time I read it, but I fell down laughing reading its synopsis.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby: Daisy, I made all this money for you because I love you.
Daisy: I cannot reciprocate because I represent the American Dream.
Gatsby: Now I must die because I also represent the American Dream.
Nick: I hate New Yorkers.
Check it out!