Bored by books? Read the plot of these famous novels in 140 characters

Like the idea of being well read but can’t face actually reading the book?

Bored by books? Read the plot of these famous novels in 140 characters

An emeritus professor of English at University College London, John Sutherland, has whittled down some of the world’s most cherished stories into a tweet - summing up the hundreds of pages in just 140 characters.

While many of us have poured over novels long into the small hours, shed tears or laughed out loud in public while reading a beloved book, Prof Sutherland has stripped the storylines down to just a couple of sentences as he pokes fun at our obsession with Twitter.

However, he feels books will have their day in the sun again - once young people become a little older and jaded of the constant demands of social media. The 76-year-old felt the solitary nature of reading is more appealing as you get older and when the ‘yearning to share everything online’ had passed.

He disputed the idea that people would fall out of the habit of reading. “One of the things that strikes me, is, as telephone communications become shorter, narrative is becoming terribly long. Look at Breaking Bad or True Detective.

These are not soap operas. These are narrative stories with a beginning, middle and end. After we’ve sent off our 140-character text message we sit down and watch these long narratives. The long narrative is what books were invented for.”

So, while you are waiting to tire of social media, see if you agree with his summaries of some of the most popular books in the world.

(Warning: May contain spoilers):

1) Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling

– Orphan 11yo Harry = wizard! Off 2wizard skool. Temp defeats Lord Voldie (whohe?) + 3 headed dog 2 bag the stone

2) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Katniss+Peeta r ’tributes’ in dystopian TVised fite2death. P ^3 K. K goes wiv it, as luv story= 4survival. They win 2getha

3) Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Amy&Nick r married. Amy fakes own murder 2 frame N. (who is rite?) A manipul8s every1, killz her ex. Evil A makes N stay w/ her 4 baby :(

4) To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

30s U.S,6yo Scout+bro Jem try2c recluse Boo. Dad=lawyer4Tom, innocent black victim2racist trial. S+J attackd, saved by B & lern life-lessn

5) PS I Love You, Cecelia Ahern

Holly+Gerry r married. G dies@ H is :’( ... But yay! 10 letters frm G each mnth (all end w/ PS. I Love You) makes her :) ++

6) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Sweden: Man hired 2 find missing niece. Girl w/tattoo also investig8s. Find rape+murder conspiracy in clan@ exposed. Revenge=sweet

7) The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

Corpse in Louvre=coded msg! Symbologist man + cryptologist wman (chased by killer Xtian sect). Solve it: rveals truth bout Jesus!

8) Fifty Shades Of Grey, EL James

Shy meek Ana meets V rich control freak + BDSM dom: Christian Grey. Mild erotica + Xtreme wealth in feminism-free zone

9) Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

20thC Pride+Prej:Bridget’s 30+, sgl ^3 booze+cigs+frends. Troubles w/diet,job+men + Y are guys crzy abt a grl’s 4XXXL undrpnts??

10) The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald

V.rich, enigmatic Jay Gatsby finds 1st luv Daisy, Tom’s wife. But it’s selfish D+T’s fault ends w/ Jay shot. Also “Gr8”Gatsby was bootlegger

11) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Insignificant blu-green planet w/ primitive apelike life demolished 2 make way 4 bypass. Arthur rescued by alien hitchhiker + wanders galaxy

12) A Game Of Thrones, George R R Martin

Nobles of Westeros fight/plot for throne of 7 kingdms, while icy zombie types threaten from North + girl frm deposed family gets dragons.

13) Life Of Pi, Yann Martel

Dr.Dolittle on Noahs ark w/magic realism: Pi’s family own zoo, sail4Canada but Pi lost@sea alone except God...and animals incl. tiger!

14) The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien

Mythic epic: Sauron made ring2rule them all but loses it in battle. Mny yrs + a murder l8r, hobbit Frodo must destroy it w/ wizard+elves

15) Confessions Of A Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Bex has 6k debt! Cook4self + wear same clothes for +1mth?! :-O Mebbe rich men help? No but TV job will! Can shop again – phew!

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