Yolo Juliet, A Midsummer Night #nofilter, Macbeth #killingit, srlsy Hamlet (2015/2016)

Rating: 3.8 Stars

So I have a hard time doing these stories individually, because I very much feel the same way about each of them, so this will be my first “series” post,

Shakespeare in texting format? Good god, that’s a travesty! Actually, I would say not. I realize what is truly beautiful about Shakespeare is the language, the hilarity of choice words, the elegance of the soliloquies, and I for one am a Shakespeare fan. Yes, team Shakespeare right here. But I’m also one of those folks who really enjoys alternative interpretations of the text, and seeing how it gets revamped and redone through different eyes. I love those modern remakes of old stories.

Shakespeare is meant to be watched and enjoyed, reading it, frequently leaves much to be desired. Inthis case, it makes reading it far more fun.

The stories of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream take on new meaning and direction through these texts.

I would argue that although this in no way replaces the text (because it absolutely doesn’t), it makes the story itself more accessible, relatable, and thus, easier to comprehend. It dumbs down many ideas, bypassing many others, but if you look at this text and consider its purpose – retell the story in a hilarious up to date fashion- it nails it.

The emojis are well used (particularly the poop icon), but they take some getting used to, after a while it begins to read pretty fluidly, and they certainly don’t take long to read through. It almost comes across as a graphic novel It also makes it easy to bypass much of the depth of the play this way, so take it for what it is.

I’d argue that my favourite of these would be Macbeth #killingit. I think this was the most well done, and added more personality to the characters, and a different dimension to them that the others didn’t. Srsly Hamlet would be a close second.

I’d recommend the series to anyone who isn’t going to be offended by having Shakespeare butchered in text format. There’s no swearing or inappropriate language, and I’ve even had grade 6s take an interest in the books (which lets face it, Shakespeare at age 11 is a pretty big feat).


About K2Harvey

Reading, and writing about it.
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