Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook
4 journalers for this copy...
It may seem a bit odd that I chose the book at all; I'm not on Facebook, nor on any other major networking sites - I don't even twit. Er, tweet. Whatever. (I did post on usenet groups back in the day, and now there are the BookCrossing forums and LiveJournal, but the message-board structure, etiquette, and expectations are all very different from those of the social sites.) But while I may need to do a little research to figure out some of the jokes (on the cover, Hester Prynne "received a piece of flair", whatever that means), much of the rest of it seems pretty entertaining even without the full context (Edgar Allan Poe "will not stop looking at you that way").
Other samples: from Juliet Capulet's page, "Relationship status: it's complicated." There's a "travel tipster" review of Wuthering Heights ("only stayed because of blizzard and dog attack"). And "Edgar Allan Poe received a ROFL Catz: 'iz in ur wall (wit ur ded wife)'." Hee!
Ooh, and there are quizzes, like "Which dystopia are you in?" The choices there include Brave New World, 1984 - and "Social Media", about which it says:
"You've stopped communicating with actual people to spend more time updating your status, tending your virtual farm, pretending you're in the mafia, and writing comments on the pages of people you haven't seen in person since kindergarten, if ever. What's that? Your boyfriend wants to talk to you? Just tell him you will as soon as you take these quizzes on what your birthday means about you, what kind of shoe you are, and what kind of dog breed you'd be. Go ahead, we're always here for you. Always, always here."A bit shuddersome, that one! [And it reminds me of this entertaining Social Media Venn Diagram t-shirt from the lovely - if gloomy - folks at Despair.com!]
I'm even enjoying the segments on books/characters I haven't read; Holden Caulfield's page, for example, has him whining as usual only to receive a series of snarky/helpful comments from Huck Finn, Jo March, Pip, and Scout Finch, among others. And Holden gets to participate in some other chats, such as this exchange on the news feed for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
"Alice does wish I didn't have to keep changing! I would cry, but I did that before and almost drowned myself in my poor tears. Along with several woodland creatures.Some of the items, such as Great Expectations, are actually pretty good summaries of the books' plots - surprisingly so in some cases, with details that tend to get dropped from film versions; teachers should be on the lookout for book reports based on these!
Peter Pan: You don't have to change, Alice. Never grow up!
Lewis Carroll: Here, here!
Hans Christian Andersen: So true!
Humbert Humbert: Yes, yes!
Holden Caulfield: This place is lousy with perverts."
I have more things-I-want-to-quote than I can fit in a single JE, so I'll have to be selective (and leave something for the readers to discover for themselves!). I loved the Jane Austen segment, where she gets comments/questions from Emma Thompson, Karen Joy Fowler, Bridget Jones, Colin Firth, Elizabeth Bennett, and William Shakespeare. [Shakespeare opens the book, come to that; among other things he suggests that one measure of a "classic" is "how often you refer to me".]
There's a lot more wonderfulness here, but I'll end with the James Joyce profile - it is a major hoot ("Are you sure he didn't just hit 'Post' too soon?", which also - oddly enough - provides some insight into Joyce's unusual style.
Very, very entertaining book, this!
[See also the maidenswhodontfloat web site, here.]
I will be making this into a US/Canada BookRay when I finish reading it.
1) megami-no-ushi - Canada, ships US/Canada
3) leoluvr - US, ships US
4) NMReader - US, ships US
5) 4thEstate - US, ships US/Canada
6) izzy5000 - US, ships US/Canada
7) iwillrejoice - US, ships US/Canada
If you would like to join this BookRay, please PM me!
I list my bookrings at The Bookring Directory!
UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2011
This copy has been lost and a replacement copy has been registered to continue on the bookray here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/9715000.
I am now contacting the first in line for the BookRay for their address.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I really enjoyed this book - while I hadn't read all of the books covered, I found all the interplay between various authors and characters to be hilarious. The best ones in my opinion were Juliet's page and the Alice in wonderland page. Thanks so much for including me and thanks again for everyone's patience.
To the finder:
Calgary has an active group of BookCrossers that meet to swap books and discuss book crossing every second Saturday of the month at 11am at the Joshua Tree Cafe on Edmonton Trail. We always love to meet new crossers, so please join us any time you like!
eta: I can't get this off a controlled release, so I might ask leoluvr to catch both.
Thanks for creating the new BCID, and for replacing the book; I hope the replacement copy travels safely! And maybe this copy will turn up someday - even if it did get into your recycling, people do sometimes sift through that looking for items of interest. In the meantime I'll leave it as "traveling", since it's in between finders one way or another.