Dec 23, 2008

Shakespeare Meme

I borrowed this meme from A Girl Walks into a Bookstore. Click on the link to check out her answers, and I would like to tag Anna, Jeannie, Ramya, Suey, and Dawn for this meme.

Feel free to join in even if I haven't tagged you.

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

I began my own reading of Shakespeare long before we read it in high school in 9th grade, and I started with Hamlet. I love the tragedy of his plays and the complicated characters. I think it was in 7th or 8th grade we were introduced to the Taming of the Shrew before performing Romeo & Juliet in class in 9th grade.

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

Required Shakespeare in High School was Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, as well as Henry V and Richard III

Required Shakespeare in College was the same, plus Titus Andronicus, Othello, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens.

This does not include the Shakespeare I've read on my own, nor his sonnets. Some of my favorites include The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It.

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

Shakespeare is very important...he was one of the early masters. He should be taught in High School and College. you learn a great deal about plot points, character development, motivation, and humanity from his plays...even the comedies.

4. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?

Hamlet, hands down!

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?

I think as long as the modern adaptions--of which I can't recommend any because I know of none--stay true to Shakespeare's work but help contemporary readers understand them better, they are fine. However, I think they should never replace the original plays.

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

Hamlet (1996) as portrayed by Kenneth Branagh and with the great Richard Attenborough.

I also love Much Ado About Nothing (1993) with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson--not to mention a young Kate Beckinsale.


Ramya said...

thanks for tagging me serena.. will get this meme done soon..:) as soon as i get another one that i have pending out of the way:)

Serena said...

Ramya: You are welcome. pass it along. I can't wait to see everyone's answers.

Jill said...

I loved studying Shakespeare in college. I still have my Riverside edition. My favorite play was The Winter's Tale, but his sonnets are my absolute favorite.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

=) Jill

gautami tripathy said...

Serena, I did this after stealing it from you.

You brought back memories for me. Thanks!

Come read it here!

Anna said...

I'll try to get to this one with all the others. I know, I know, I'm behind. LOL

I know what movie of a Shakespeare play I HATE, that's for sure! Midsummer Night's Dream anyone??

Diary of an Eccentric

Katherine said...

Thanks for the shout-out! Your answers are good.

J.Danger said...

oh Bill, how we love thee, let us blog about the ways...

Carolyn Jean said...

A Hamlet fan! Did you ever see the Diane Venorra version? Where she is Hamlet? It's cool.

My in-laws like the Derek Jacobi version.

Gottawrite Girl said...

OH yes, I loved Much Ado About Nothing! The movie, AND the play -- I was Dogberry in highschool, and I LOVED that character. A crazed, drunkeny, swooney pisspot. I'm open to everything Shakespeare. And I love the mystery of him/them...

Thanks for posting, Serena!!!!!

Becca said...

You started your Shakespeare study even earlier than I! Good for you :)

Florinda said...

I may do this meme too, although I'm not a huge Shakespeare aficionado.

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy holiday!

Shana said...

Serena, I'm pretty impressed that you started reading him before you "had to."


Jeannie said...

I will post my answers to your tag tomorrow morning. Will let you know.

Merry Christmas, Serena!

naida said...

fun meme, I liked the movie version of Romeo and Juliet.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I just saw that you tagged me (my "incoming links" on wordpress isn't working right; I must update that!) ... anyway, I'll get to this over the weekend!

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Jeanne said...

I just did this meme today at Necromancy Never Pays, and I agreed with you about the Branagh Much Ado. I saw it at A Guy's Moleskine Notebook, and he got it from Gautami, who I see is in the comments here, so really we all got it from you.