Whenever your favorite book is transformed into a movie, it always sparks a sort of love/hate reaction. It’s fun to see all your beloved characters outside the realm of your imagination, but it also usually looks nothing like you pictured. Pieces are missing, scenerios are changed and chances are you’ll walk out in favor of the literary version. So, if you’re looking for a more interpretive — albeit just as visual — alternative that brings some of your favorite literature to life, you might want to check out the work of UK-based artist Emily Mulhall.
The budding artist has achieved viral fame for her Vines that combine a famous literary quote and a fitting loop of animation. Don’t expect a direct representation of the quote, but rather a relevant and thoughtful take on it. For example, in a Vine that offers up this quote by André Gide: “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself,” she shows a photograph of her doodling which slowly transforms into a fully animated drawing.
In another video she shares Plato’s words, “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back” alongside an illustration of her looking lonely but hopeful in a t-shirt with a bird on it while a sweet whistled tune plays as the soundtrack.
So far we’ve only spotted four of these kind of Vines from Emily, but we sure do hope to see more in the near future – and maybe not just from her. If social media has taught us anything, it’s that when a cool idea is born, it’s then adapted by millions of others. And in this case that might not be such a bad thing. Think about how cool it would be if a bunch of different artists took their favorite literary quote and artistically expressed what it meant to them. We’re seeing a possible new social media trend in the near future – and it’s looking all kinds of awesome.
What is your favorite quote from literature? Share it with us in the comments below.