Get ready to meet Sparky Sweets, PhD. Host of “Thug Notes,” the gangsterest video version of Cliffs Notes you’ve ever seen, Sparky Sweets is all about droppin’ “some of da illest classical literature summary and analysis that you ever heard.” In the first edition of what we can only hope will be a long-running recurring web series, Sparky Sweets takes on Crime and Punishment.
In the same way that Quirk Classics puts a more “modern” spin on classic literature with revamped versions of novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Karenina and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Sparky Sweets brings Dostoevsky to the streets, putting his own spin on the classic tale of “C & P.”
But stay tuned after Sparky Sweets finishes rehashing the plot, because it gets really awesome when he starts talking about the novel’s themes (or “peepin’ motifs” as it were). “You best be lookin’ out for Dostoevsky’s use of duality up in this heezy.” I think the Thug Notes’ tag line says it best: “Classical Literature. Original Gangster.”
Check out the first episode below and let us know what you think. According to a tweet from Sparky Sweets, The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird are coming up next. After those, what classic books would you like to see Thug Notes dissect?