A couple weeks ago, as I was driving home through Oklahoma on I-40, I ran over a turtle. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it in time to do anything to avoid it and I couldn’t move because of other traffic around me, so the poor turtle went squish. Describing it later, I said it was like The Grapes of Wrath meets I-40, and this got me wondering about what the book would have been like if they were going west on I-40 instead of Route 66. The novel sure would have been faster, that’s for sure.
That got me thinking about other novels and classic works of literature and what they would be like today. (The first one to mention West Side Story gets slapped. Same with any 1984 or Brave New World references. Or Heart of Darkness, now that I think about it.) Unfortunately, I’m not clever enough for this sort of thing (more that classic literature isn’t what I read for pleasure), so I turn to the Dopers to see if you all have any ideas.