Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shakespeare Meme

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask Alan Gratz (author of Something Rotten and Something Wicked) some questions on his Shakespeare-themed books (and on his feelings about Shakespeare). Today, I want to know what YOU have to say on the subject of the bard.

What was your first introduction to William Shakespeare? Was it love or hate?

Which Shakespeare plays have you been required to read?

Do you think Shakespeare is important? Do you feel you are a “better” person for having read the bard?

Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?


How do you feel about contemporary takes on Shakespeare? Adaptations of Shakespeare's works with a more modern feel? (For example, the new line of Manga Shakespeare graphic novels, or novels like Something Rotten, Something Wicked, Enter Three Witches, Ophelia, etc.) Do you have a favorite you'd recommend?

What's your favorite movie version of a Shakespeare play?

To learn more about Alan Gratz, Something Wicked, and/or Shakespeare...visit these other stops on the tour:

the 160acrewoods, A Christian Worldview of Fiction, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Book Review Maniac, Cafe of Dreams, Dolce Bellezza, Hyperbole, KidzBookBuzz.com, Looking Glass Reviews, Maggie Reads, Never Jam Today, Reading is My Superpower

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5 comments:

Sally Apokedak 10:59 AM  

My first and only introduction to Shakespeare was a movie version of Romeo and Juliet I saw when I was about thirteen. I loved it, and I hated it. Hated the pointless deaths at the end-I wanted a happy ending.

I've never been required to read any Shakespeare--I'm the product of the California public education system.

I've never read him so I don't know if I'd be a better person if I'd read him.

Romeo and Juliet is the only one I'm familiar with so I guess that's my favorite by default.

I liked both Something Rotten and Something Wicked. Haven't read the others you mention.

Sally Apokedak 10:59 AM  

Thanks for the great content, Becky!

Serena 12:21 PM  

What was your first introduction to William Shakespeare? Was it love or hate?

I loved shakespeare from word one! My first play (I read it on my own) was the Merchant of Venice.

Which Shakespeare plays have you been required to read?
This will be a doosy of a list:
Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry V, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Richard III, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
The Merchant of Venice,
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida,Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona...can you tell I had a seminar or two!

Do you think Shakespeare is important? Do you feel you are a “better” person for having read the bard?

I feel I am well rounded for having read so much and it shows you as a reader that many of the same themes run through literature today.

Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?

My favorite tragedy: Hamlet
My Favorite comedy: A Midsummer Night's Dream

How do you feel about contemporary takes on Shakespeare? Adaptations of Shakespeare's works with a more modern feel? (For example, the new line of Manga Shakespeare graphic novels, or novels like Something Rotten, Something Wicked, Enter Three Witches, Ophelia, etc.) Do you have a favorite you'd recommend?

I have not read any of these modern adaptations...though I seem to remember ages ago that someone wrote a modern Taming of the Shrew.

What's your favorite movie version of a Shakespeare play?

I really love Kenneth Brannagh's Hamlet best, but the Romeo & Juliet with leo dicaprio was not bad.

Noel De Vries 6:21 PM  

Answered at

http://noeldevries.blogspot.com/2008/10/shakespeare-meme.html

bookwormans 6:29 PM  

What was your first introduction to William Shakespeare? Was it love or hate?

-My first introduction to Shakespeare was "Much Ado About Nothing". It was "Really, really, really like".

Which Shakespeare plays have you been required to read?

-"Much Ado..." is the only one that was required, but I've also read "Julius Caesar" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Do you think Shakespeare is important? Do you feel you are a “better” person for having read the bard?

-Anyone who is considered to be the best writer in the English language is very important. I think that reading his works really helped me to appreciate the beauty and power of the English language and also made me a more well-rounded reader.

Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?

-Probably "Julius Caesar". I also enjoy many of his sonnets.

How do you feel about contemporary takes on Shakespeare? Adaptations of Shakespeare's works with a more modern feel? (For example, the new line of Manga Shakespeare graphic novels, or novels like Something Rotten, Something Wicked, Enter Three Witches, Ophelia, etc.) Do you have a favorite you'd recommend?

-Though nothing is as good as the original, one of the great things about Shakespeare (as with most of the great writers) is that his works are still relevant to today. So although adaptations might change the circumstances of the story, they can be very good as long as the spirit and themes of the original are left in tact.

What's your favorite movie version of a Shakespeare play?

-I haven't seen any movie versions, but I have seen stage versions of "Love's Labours Lost", "As You Like It" and "The Taming of the Shrew". "Love's Labours Lost" was probably my favorite.

I've been enjoying your posts, Becky, and this one was especially interesting.

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