*gasp* oh no! Sadly, i know that kids don't read enought hese days, and I know that Cliffnotes are about the entirety of their literary experience. When you condense a story like that, it loses all it's meaning, all it's trials and tribulations. sure, concise way to summarize the climax of Jane Eyre is to say "mad wife sets fire to house" but you lose all the emotions that it is meant to pull into mind. I cannot beleive one can fully understand the characters motivation, it's feeling with this sort of blasphemously truncated version of these works.
If the Author wanted the story to be told in 5 seconds, I'm certain they could, but there would be no development to the story that way. Personally, all I think that sort of rubbish will do is influence children to not read at all, and that's simply a shame, because studies show that young people that read regularly do better in classes (not associated with what they're reading), have better comprehension and reasoning skills, learn more innate psychology of human beings, and, later in life, the ability to read and keep your mind active is proven to prevent Altzheimers, an improve the all around quality of life. It's an important skill to develop, and it hurts me that I'm in the minority of people my age that feels this way.