To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is 88 and her last book was published more than 50 years ago, and she still proves that she can break the Internet better than Ms. Kim Kardashian West. The entire universe exploded Tuesday when Lee announced she was publishing the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman this July. And not only that, but Lee has had this manuscript in her back pocket for longer than her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel itself, but she just seemed to forget about it. Go ahead and dust that dirt off your shoulder, Harper.
Basically she just hit social media with whatever the literary dork version of shock and awe is. People across the country are flat-out psyched. But it also seems to be the time to admit that you've never read the American classic (and yet somehow seem to have made it through high school) and show the world that you think Harper Lee is a man. (I'm screaming on the inside.) In a world where sequels and series reign supreme in pop culture, there's also always a good joke to be made about Lee's attempt to fit in with the zeitgeist. And when there's a good joke, Twitter can be relied upon to find it.
Rumor has it Scout comes out of a coma as her evil twin.
I preferred the prequel, Slaughterhouse Four.
Of course, no sequel joke would be complete without the most notorious, so I'll go ahead and add it right here: To Kill a Mockingbird 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Scout Finch and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Or was it Gigli? (Throwback joke!)
Wait, but seriously.
Man, now I just have to watch the Veronica Mars movie again. I wonder if Lee is also #TeamLogan.
"Certainly unattractive author publishes first book in 55 years."
And now brace yourselves: The George R.R. Martin Games of Thrones jokes are coming:
OK, so that one is just a fact. But here:
Oh but don't worry, the man himself has something to say about that.
Mic drops all around. Now all Lee has to do is join Twitter to fight back. Please?