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If Romeo And Juliet Used Tinder.. And Other Modern Twists On Classic Tales

Imagine if Frodo and Sam had Google Maps.

Once upon a time, technology gave these iconic stories a serious twist.   

Jazmin Batisti and Matt Lindley, who work for digital agency Verve Search, collaborated to create illustrations that show what some well-known novels would look like with the addition of modern technology.

The result? "Modern Day Classics" that definitely don't look like the stories we grew up with. 

The series features some interesting remixes from Frodo using Google Maps to get to Mordor, to Willy Wonka getting candy ideas from Pinterest. Lindley told The Huffington Post that the illustrations were commissioned by publishing platform Flipsnack.

Lindley helped come up with concepts while Batisti worked on the illustrations. He told HuffPost that the pair drew on satirical social media accounts for fictional characters, as well as observations from their everyday lives. 

"We were also inspired by the fact that modern technology and the internet have supposedly made our lives easier and solved many of our problems," Lindley said. "This got us thinking about how it could have also been applied to the problems facing literary characters and dramatically altered the stories."

While the originals have a special place in our hearts, these comics make for some very interesting plots. 

  • Juliet Ditches The Romeo Drama, Swipes Right
    (<i>Romeo and Juliet</i>, William Shakespeare) "Would Juliet&rsquo;s love survive the temptations of Tinder, or would she hav
    Flipsnack
    (Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare) "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'?"  -- Matt Lindley
  • Frodo And Sam Take A Safe Route To Mordor Using Google Maps
    <i>(The Lord of the Rings, </i>J. R. R. Tolkien<i>)&nbsp;</i>"How much easier would the trip to Mordor have been if Frodo had
    Flipsnack
    (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien"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?" - Matt Lindley
  • Oliver Twist Sounds Off About Child Labor On TripAdvisor
    (Oliver<i> Twist, </i>Charles Dickens)&nbsp;"Oliver Twist finally has the chance to speak out on TripAdvisor against the Vict
    Flipsnack
    (Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens) "Oliver Twist finally has the chance to speak out on TripAdvisor against the Victorian workhouse he grew up in." - Matt Lindley
  • Willy Wonka Gets Some Pinspiration
    <i>(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,&nbsp;</i>Roald Dahl)&nbsp;"Eccentric? Yes. Creative? Not so much. Many of Willy Wonka&
    Flipsnack
    (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl) "Eccentric? Yes. Creative? Not so much. Many of Willy Wonka’s best ideas were stolen from Pinterest while the Oompa-Loompas were asleep. Hair toffee, three-course dinner chewing gum and eatable marshmallow pillows were all someone else’s dream originally." - Matt Lindley
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Satiates Hunger With Delivery
    (The<i> Very Hungry Caterpillar, </i>Eric Carle<i>)&nbsp;</i>"It&rsquo;s hard work turning from a caterpillar into a butterfl
    Flipsnack
    (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle"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." - Matt Lindley
  • Holden Vents His Feelings On Twitter
    <i>(The Catcher in the Rye, </i>J.D. Salinger) "Holden Caulfield is the kid actively on Twitter, complaining about Twitter an
    Flipsnack
    (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger) "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." - Matt Lindley
  • The White Rabbit Hails An Uber To Stop Being So Late
    (Alice&rsquo;s<i> Adventures in Wonderland, </i>Lewis Carroll) "The White Rabbit&rsquo;s life would have been so much easier
    Flipsnack
    (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll) "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." - Matt Lindley
  • Aslan Becomes Everyone's Favorite Internet Cat
    (<i>The Chronicles of Narnia,&nbsp;</i>C.S. Lewis)&nbsp;"Everyone loves a good cat meme &ndash; that&rsquo;s why Aslan has bu
    Flipsnack
    (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis) "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." - Matt Lindley
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