Why Thug Notes is Better Than Your Teacher

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Thug Notes is a series from the channel ‘Wisecrack’ that breaks down books better than most high school instructors.

That’s not a lie, either. There are some genuinely wonderful and insightful thoughts on the books Sparky Sweets, PhD speaks about. Since there are so many awesome Thug Notes episodes, I thought I’d pare them down to some of my favorite episodes!

#5 – The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

Let me tell you something, there is nothing better than someone trying to break down The Metamorphosis. Even The Producers made a joke about the concept of the Kafka novel.

But Thug Notes actually makes the concept, as insane as it is, relatable.

#4 – The Giver By Lois Lowry

If the movie wasn’t enough to break it down, Thug Notes has got you’ve covered and takes care of figuring out all of that vague symbolism. This is number four on my list just for its usefulness to students all over who have to read The Giver at least three times for school.

#3 – Slaughterhouse 5 By Kurt Vonnegut

Known for being a mind blowingly good author, Vonnegut has inspired generations of authors, including NMR favorite John Green. Slaughterhouse 5 can be really difficult to keep track of, and Thug Notes provides the coherent timeline we sometimes need.

#2 – The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

This was only the second episode of Thug Notes, and gave me an inkling on how good this series was going to be, but it wasn’t until Sparky Sweets broke down To Kill A Mockingbird’. Speaking of…

#1 To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

It was this video that sealed my love of Thug Notes and everything Sparky Sweets, PhD had to offer.

“Only a jive-ass fool would pop a cap in a Mockingbird, ‘cuz all dem b*tches do is drop next-level beats for your enjoyment. So what my girl, Harper, tryin’ to say is that rattin’ on Boo Radley would be no good. It’ll only rid the hood of one more true blue playa.”

Damn straight.

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