Have you ever thought about the Avril Lavigne song 'Sk8er Boi' and wondered, "Hm, this is a good song but how does it relate to classic author Charles Dickens?"
Oh, you haven't? Well, don't worry, a real live historian has wondered for you.
And his analysis of the early 2000s pop-punk hit juxtaposed with the life of Charles Dickens is pretty great. Who knew Avril Lavigne was so literary?
In case you need a refresher, here's the plot of the song 'Sk8er Boi' by Avril Lavigne.
The boi goes on the be a big star, rockin' on MTV.
But historian and author Greg Jenner had some very important thoughts on the content of 'Sk8er Boi.'
First, Greg added his own little spin on what he thinks happened after Avril and the Sk8er Boi broke up, since he was still very obviously in love with Ballet Girl.
via: TwitterAccording to Greg, Sk8er Boi and Avril broke up after having a few kids and although Sk8er Boi is still professionally doing well, he misses his rockstar life and of course, the mysterious Ballet Girl he fell in love with in high school.
With the scene set, Greg goes on to explain why Sk8er Boi has always reminded him of Charles Dickens.
via: TwitterIT'S NOT RIDICULOUS, GREG. We are very here for this comparison. Read on to find out how much more Charles Dickens and Sk8er Boi have in common.
To put it bluntly:
via: TwitterOf course, he was, Greg. We can already see him wearing a beanie and attempting but not pulling off a kickflip on the railing outside the middle school while simultaneously thinking about poverty and class in mid-19th century London. We're with you.
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Just like Sk8er Boi, Dickens pined for his long lost love.
via: TwitterAnd when she finally gave him the time of day, guess what: he was super famous.
It was basically a dream scenario, the one you've played in your head a thousand times.
Much like Sk8er Boi, Dickens finally had a chance to impress his ex-lover.
via: TwitterMTV rockstar, 19th-century British novelist, same thing. But things didn't go exactly how Dickens planned.
Dickens met his lady, and, well, she wasn't as hot as he remembered.
via: TwitterHe was basically a total dick about it. Much like Sk8er Boi was when he let his new girlfriend write an entire song about how sad and pathetic Ballet Girl was.
Dickens and Sk8er Boi are more alike than you thought: both of them were kind of dicks when the girls they liked turned out not to be as hot as they wanted.
via: TwitterI like to think Ballet Girl snagged a lead in the local Nutcracker, caught the attention of a reviewer, and danced her way out of that small town, never thinking about Sk8er Boi again, personally.
via: TwitterMaybe he's a Sk8er Boi with a heart of gold.
Other people had strong opinions about Charles Dickens.
via: TwitterUm, yeah he sounds like the worst.