I have seen this meme on many blogs and I am going to do it for the sole purpose of embarrassing myself.
What was your first introduction to William Shakespeare? Was it love or hate?
You know what? I have never studied Shakespeare, neither in school nor college. I have obviously heard many things about him throughout. Proverbs like ‘what’s in a name’ and such are very famous and known to people who don’t even know his full name.
But I remember I first became interested in Shakespeare because of Romeo and Juliet. That is one of my favorite stories. I also saw and loved the documentary shown on the History channel on Shakespeare. It was mesmerizing.
So I can say I was neutral about Shakespeare.
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?
I haven’t read the bard. I don’t even know what it means. Reading Shakespeare will make you more learned but I don’t see how it will make anyone a better person.
Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?
I have this book called ‘Tales from Shakespeare’. I haven’t read all but from the ones I have read I like ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’ the best. I got the original play after reading that. I must say it is very difficult to understand, but it’s fun and even more fun to read out loud.
How do you feel about contemporary takes on Shakespeare? Adaptations of Shakespeare’s works with a more modern feel?
I don’t think I can reply to this.
What’s your favorite movie version of a Shakespeare play?
Romeo and Juliet. What can I say? I am romantic at heart. I loved Shakespeare in Love too. I know that’s not a version of his play but just thought I should mention it here.
So what do you think? Have I embarrassed myself enough?
You’re definitely not alone, Violet! I haven’t read his works but I do enjoy the movie version of Romeo and Juliet.
I’d love to take a class NOW and study Shakespeare again … it has been so long (I’m more receptive to his writing now, I think)
This has nothing to do with the meme. I wanted to stop in and wish you along with your family a Merry Christmas! 🙂
Haha, I also love Shakespeare in Love… great film 🙂
just wanted to let you know the World Citizen blog is up and running. 🙂
I, too, am a bit neutral toward Shakespeare. I’ve read a few plays back in school too long ago and enjoy the movie adaptions but I just read Edgar Sawtelle and only now being reminded that it was a modern day Hamlet am I getting real sense of the similarities. It went over my head, I think!
Oh…thank god for people like you who don’t make me so alone and make me feel like it’s okay to NOT read Shakespeare and still be a book lover 🙂
Dawn: Exactly my thoughts, I wont mind taking a class to see what the fuss is about either.
Thanks J.Kaye: Wish you and your family a belated Merry Christmas too.
Kim: yes 🙂 and that is truly one thing I am knowledgeable when it comes to Shakespeare.
Eva: Thanks Eva, entered via Mr. Linky already.
Care: I am a little scared considering the size of the Edgar Sawtelle book 🙂
Shakespeare’s not for everyone, and that’s fair enough. I get a bit frustrated with people who won’t even give it a try (only becuase I get so much out of his work) but if you try and it doesn’t do it for you, that’s fine. We’d be very boring if we all liked the same stuff!
I’m so doing this meme though…!