A rather amusing game on the internet has flourished lately. It’s called “#Badly Explain Your Profession.” It’s self-explanatory, easy, and the results are often hilarious. For some of the games you have to guess what the original job was, and in some the answers are already given. It got us thinking: why not do it with classic literature? Here are eleven of our takes with tried and true favorites.
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Boy meets girl. Boy mocks girl’s appearance, and girl believes false, damaging rumors about boy. Naturally, they fall in love and get married.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A scientist creates a monster that isn’t scary to him until the monster starts breathing.
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A firefighter burns books until he meets a weird girl who starts asking questions. She is killed under the current regime, and then he starts asking questions.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Some advice: if the love of your life is shallow and self-centered, throw lavish parties and hope for the best.
5. 1984 by George Orwell
A book that really should have been titled 2017.
6. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
War has a tendency to put a damper on things like true love and family, even if the love part is unrequited.
7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Basically the reason why kids shouldn’t go around creating government, even well-raised ones.
8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Wandering around pointlessly can actually become a novel. Who knew!
9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
In which the term “alter-ego” is brought to a whole new level.
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Perfection drives people mad. It’s a fact.
Bonus: 11. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Political games kill people. Dragons kill people. What could possibly happen if they’re both in one book?
What classic can you (badly) explain? Leave your favorites below!
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