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If literary characters used away messages

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Giving classic literature a contemporary update is a problematic process. While it often comes up trumps, it can also end in tears.

But in this instance, it ends in laughs instead. Which is a relief. The new tumblr BRB Books imagines what iconic literary characters would put as their away messages. In 13-year-old textspeak. Because why not.

Check out some of our favourites below:

Romeo & Juliet (William Shakespeare)

Ulysses (James Joyce)

Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)

A Midsummer's Night Dream (William Shakespeare)

The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

A Game Of Thrones (George R. R. Martin)

Catcher In The Rye (JD Salinger)

The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)


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