Is it possible to dumb down CliffsNotes? Yes! writes William Briggs on Pajamas Media. For students who really, really hate to read, CliffNotes will produce five-minute videos which will be shown initially on AOL. These shorts will be “humorous” and “irreverent,” while summarizing plots, characters, and themes, the company promises.
When I read the The Old Curiosity Shop, I too laughed when Little Nell died — a burst of hilarity which was induced by pages that weren’t even in color, let alone 3D. So I can’t wait to see how uproariously irreverent CliffsNotes’ version will be. I look forward eagerly to Native-American Joe’s death scene. And just imagine Miss Havisham in her tattered dress! Maybe Pip can accidentally spill some tomato juice on it and put the old bag in her place. How irreverent! Ha ha!
“Five minutes is an eternity in our go-go, busy-busy, click-swipe world,” writes Briggs, so CliffNotes also will supply a one-minute video available on mobile telephones “as an emergency refresher before a test.”