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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy B-Day Will!

Posted by Alana T.

Yesterday was Shakespeare's birthday and what better way to celebrate than read some of his works.  OK, maybe you think that's too much work, a bit difficult to wrap you mind around all those strange words.  Well, there are many literary critics, English majors, and writers who believe that just about everything published today is inspired by Shakespeare to some extent.  Why not try some modern novels or watch a DVD where the writers consciously chose to retell classic tales or utilize themes in a fresh manner.

King Lear:
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (DVD, 1997) Negative family dynamics set in the Midwest.
Ran (DVD, 1985) A warlord splits his empire between his three sons; nothing good comes from it.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle byDavid Wroblewski.  A very sad, and very good book about a boy and his dog.... and his family.
The Lion King  (DVD, 2003 )  Disney's interpretation of Hamlet with a little King Lear thrown in for good measure.

Romeo and Juliet:
West Side Story (DVD, ) Two rival gangs, two lovers, and a lot of singing and dancing!
William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet (DVD, 1996)  Imagine the play set in 90's Los Angeles, Shakespearian dialogue intact; better than you think it might be.

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde.  The main character, Thursday Next, meets up with Hamlet and has a grand literary adventure.

Taming of the Shrew:
10 Things I Hate About You (DVD, 2010) Surly teens and romance - a humorous combination.

The Tempest:
Forbidden Planet (DVD, 1956) A space journey ends on a strange planet where the shipwrecked meet Dr. Morbius, his daughter and an unknown terror.

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