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Books That Talk About The Web: Great Quotes from Literature


The Web has been a part of culture long enough now that there are many books that reference it, either in passing or as a major part of the book's plot line. Here are just a few works of literature that have talked about the Internet in some way.

Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

“It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the internet-" "You invented the internet?" It was my idea, Martha said. Rats are delicious, George said. "It was my idea!" Hermes said. "I mean the internet, not the rats. But that's not the point.”

“A telkhine was hunched over a console, but he was so involved with his work, he didn't notice us. He was about five feet tall, with slick black seal fur and stubby little feet. He had the head of a Doberman, but his clawed hands were almost human. He growled and muttered as he tapped on his keyboard. Maybe he was messaging his friends on uglyface.com.”

Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

“I am charging you with the protection of my mother and friends, not to mention keeping my younger self off the Internet. He is as dangerous as Opal.”

Patricia Briggs, Blood Bound

“Any idiot can put up a website.”

Maggie Stiefvater, Linger

“You could write a book about things that you can't find online.”

Dorothy Gambrell, Cat and Girl Volume I

“If television's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.”

William Gibson, Neuromancer

“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”

Allison Burnett, Undiscovered Gyrl

“Only on the Internet can a person be lonely and popular at the same time.”

Sarah Ockler, Bittersweet

“Everyone says that the internet is so awesome because you can connect with people from all over the world, but I think it’s the opposite. The internet doesn’t make it easier to connect with anyone—it just makes it so you don’t really have to.”

Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken

“I have more online contacts than I can count. I make about one hundred connections a day. I have access to millions of people. I use to think that I had friends in these numbers. But virtual friends are like stars stretched out in the sky. They’re out there, they exist, and I can imagine what they’re like, but we’ll never meet. We all just co-exist in this vast universe with a length of space between us.”

Noah Cicero, Best Behavior

“The party at the bar was for an Internet literary journal that prints a hard copy version that was famous in the world of Internet literary journals that prints hard copy versions. What that means, I do not know.”

Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil

“...he found it where he should have looked first, on the Internet, which is a net indeed, one that can be cast further than the eye can see and be retrieved no matter how heavy the hall, its magical mesh never breaking under the strain but always bringing in the most amazing catch.”

Jenni Fagan, The Panopticon

“I dinnae get people, like they all want to be watched, to be seen, like all the time. They put up their pictures online and let people they dinnae like look at them! And people they’ve never met as well, and they all pretend tae be shinier than they are – and some are even posting on like four sites; their bosses are watching them at work, the cameras watch them on the bus, and on the train, and in Boots, and even outside the chip shop. Then even at home – they’re going online to look and see who they can watch, and to check who’s watching them!”

Alyson Noel, Fated

“I did Google him, you know." "Oh, so you GOOGLED him Oh, well, that changes everything then, doesn't it? What could I possibly worry about now that I know you've conducted such a thorough Internet search?”

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

“She navigated away from the Parish Council message board and dropped into her favorite medical website, where she painstakingly entered the words "brain" and "death" in the search box. The suggestions were endless. Shirley scrolled through the possibilities, her mild eyes rolling up and down, wondering to which of these deadly conditions, some of them unpronounceable, she owed her present happiness.”

Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

“Immaterial as water, too vast for any mortal apprehension, the Web's outstanding qualities allow us to confuse the ungraspable with the eternal.”

Jessica Brody, The Karma Club

"I mean, how sad is it that I needed a freaking Facebook profile to tell me my boyfriend was no longer my boyfriend? As if Facebook is the official record keeper of relationships and you have to confirm all breakups and hookups with this sacred online registrar before you can consider them certified and approved."

Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night Lords of the Underworld, #1

"Once I learned, I went online and ordered every romance novel I could find. They're fairy tales for grown-ups."

Sophie Kinsella, Mini Shopaholic Shopaholic, #6

"I bet he never goes on YouTube. He's too busy. It's only tragic cases like you and me who are always online."

Sarah Darer Littman, Want to Go Private?

"...I grab my laptop and log on to ChezTeen.com. Within minutes, I'm surrounded by friends, even though I've never met any of them. There, I can pretend that my first day of school was fantastic, because no one is going to know anything different. I can be anyone I want to be when I'm online and I don't even have to wear makeup."

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