What If Literary Characters Had Access to Modern Technology?

There are many famous books in the world—each with a unique story. These stories hinge on particular characters and plot points, often heightened by mishaps and misunderstandings. But what would happen if those literary characters had access to the modern technology that solves so many of our problems today? What if Juliet had used Tinder to meet her one true love instead? What would Oliver Twist’s TripAdvisor review of his workhouse be like? What if Frodo had used Google Maps to help him get to Mordor?

These are the questions asked in the Modern Day Classics cartoons from digital publishing platform FlipSnack. In a series of eight illustrations, the company imagines how famous literary characters might put today’s apps and digital platforms to work.

“We had seen one or two profiles of fictional characters on Twitter, which got us thinking about how this could be applied specifically to literature,” says cocreator Matt Lindley. “We realized that some literary characters could have benefitted hugely from having access to modern technology and that this could have radically altered the course of the stories. FlipSnack makes a tool for creating digital books and magazines, so we thought it would be a fun twist on the product to “update” the stories for the digital age.”

Enjoy the full series below, and see more at FlipSnack.

Juliet Finds Love on Tinder


Would Juliet’s love survive the temptations of Tinder, or would she have used the dating app to hook up with someone a bit more “available”? (Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare)


Twist Speaks Out on TripAdvisor


Oliver Twist finally has the chance to speak out on TripAdvisor against the Victorian workhouse he grew up in.


Wonka Finds Inspiration on Pinterest


Caterpillar Feasts with GrubHub


It’s hard work turning from a caterpillar into a butterfly – that’s why the Very Hungry Caterpillar is always eating. With GrubHub installed on his phone, this caterpillar is taking binge eating to the next level. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle)


Holden Hates on Twitter


Holden Caulfield is the kid actively on Twitter, complaining about Twitter and telling everyone how “phoney” they are. He can’t explain what he means and he’s not sure he’d feel like it, but he’d still try in less than 140 characters. (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger)


Frodo Returns Ring with Help of Google Maps


How much easier would the trip to Mordor have been if Frodo had had Google Maps to guide him through a fast, orc-free route? (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien)


White Rabbit Hails Uber


The White Rabbit’s life would have been so much easier if he’d swapped his broken pocket watch for a smartphone and Uber. Then he could have hailed a ride and relaxed for the rest of the story. (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)


Aslan Goes Viral on Instagram


Everyone loves a good cat meme – that’s why Aslan has built up such a following on Instagram. People adore his #gingerbeard and #epicsmile, and he now has more followers than Grumpy Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat put together. (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis)


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