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Published on February 20th, 2016 | by Flipside

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Pretentious students pretend to mourn Harper Lee and Umberto Eco

Students from universities all over the world have been plunged into faux-mourning after the loss of two of the world’s greatest literary titans.

Millions of students past and present claim to have read and loved their works, including Lee’s era-defining To Kill a Mockingbird, and Eco’s The Name of The Rose. Estimates suggest a maximum of 12% of these people have actually read either book, most of them literature students who had to for a course. Lee also published a recent sequel to her magnum opus, but seriously let’s not talk about that, while Eco’s seminal and brilliant How to write a Thesis has been ignored by generations of students.

The social media grieving was more muted than it was for other 2016 casualties, including David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Terry Wogan, with experts suggesting this is because it is much easier to watch/listen to something than it is to read it. Students were worried about getting called out for being pretentious twats, and have instead decided to take The Tab’s ‘Which country ruined by colonialism and only now beginning to recover towards pre-colonial levels of productivity is your university’ quiz.

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