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Shakespeare Meme

I stole this from Jackets and Covers...

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

I was introduced to Shakespeare through the 1996 film Romeo and Juliet; it was the movie to see when I was in middle school. Then, our drama teacher had us read out the play in class, which was fun. But my love of Shakespeare’s works goes back to reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 8th grade.

2. Which Shakespeare plays have you been required to read?

In grade school: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing.
In college: Henry V (for a British history course), then for a course on Shakespeare I was required to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, and a few others which I can’t remember at the moment. I also had to read “The Rape of Lucrece” (the poem) for a class on unruly women in the Renaissance.

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

I definitely think Shakespeare is important; in college I wrote my senior thesis on the clowns and fools in his comedies. He’s definitely one of my favorite Elizabethan playwrights. But I don’t think he’s the be-all and and-all of everything; I think that, with Shakespeare, you either love his work or hate it. I happen to be lucky enough to fall into the former camp.

4. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?

It’s a tie between A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, and Twelfth Night.

5. 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?

There are some adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays that are fun to watch, and I think that if a Shakespeare play is presented in a way that makes sense to the viewer/ reader, then I’m all for modern adaptations.

6. What’s your favorite movie version of a Shakespeare play?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the late-90s version with Kevin Kline, Callista Flockhart, Michelle Pfeiffer, and others).


Alyce said…
I've seen some fun modern adaptations of Shakespeare plays at the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Oregon. I agree that they have to be done right or it's a disaster. Ashland has a professional troupe though, so it's rare to see something there that's not enjoyable. I saw one of my first works of Shakespeare there, so I'm a fan of their work.
Anonymous said…
I love Much Ado About Nothing, and a Midsummer Night's Dream with Callista Flockhart is also pretty good. I still love Leo in Romeo + Juliet, though.
Anna Claire said…
I ADORE the Much Ado About Nothing with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. She's genius. Although Keanu Reeves as the baddie might not have been the greatest casting decision...
Serena said…
I've gone a snagged this meme for my site as well...

I've posted it here:

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