Novel Advice

Novel Advice

Practical Wisdom for Your Favorite Literary Characters

Jay Bushman


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From an Emmy Award–winning writer, witty and hilarious advice to classic literary characters—from Lady Macbeth to Victor Frankenstein—on how to cope with their most arduous, “real-life” struggles.

What would happen if your favorite literary characters wrote in to ask for help from an advice columnist? What suggestions would Hester Prynne need to cope with the judgemental neighbors? What if Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice asked for tips about managing her financial woes? Emmy Award–winning writer Jay Bushman imaginatively considers those scenarios and dozens more as Aunt Antigone, the “agony aunt” who dishes practical advice, along with a fair dose of snark.

Grouped by theme, Novel Advice features our favorite and most beloved literary characters from all genres as they write in to Aunt Antigone for help with their “real-world” problems. Discover what Aunt Antigone has to say when Ophelia and Ishmael ask about their dating woes, when Dr. Jekyll searches for the perfect work/life balance, or when Scarlett O’Hara wants tips about the best way to handle stress.

Perfect for fans of Texts from Jane Eyre, Tequila Mockingbird, and booklovers everywhere, this book is a hilarious and thought-provoking look at our favorite literary characters seeking help from an advice column with her own dramatic background.


Jay Bushman:
Jay Bushman has a long history of chopping up classic works of literature into new and surprising formats. He won an Emmy Award as a writer and transmedia producer on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the hit transmedia modernization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and was the cocreator/showrunner of its sequel interactive series Welcome To Sanditon. Jay wrote one of the first Twitter novels, The Good Captain, a scifi adaptation of Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno, and his blog reimagining of Spoon River Anthology was honored in the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Jay has written interactive experiences for stories like Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Game of Thrones, 13 Reasons Why, Terminator, and Arrival.