Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Which Shakespeare Play You Should Suffer Through Based On Your Favourite YA Book

Pro tip: Don't read Shakespeare, watch it. It's easier to make sense of when you can see what's happening, and you get an ice cream break in the middle. 

Pro tip 2: If you do have to read it, read a synopsis first. At least that way you'll at least have a vague idea of what's actually going on.

Pro tip 3: Do not read Hamlet in a night. Just don't.

Shakespeare plays are full of love, pain, and death.

(Often in that order.)

YA books are also full of love, pain, and death.

(Not necessarily in that order.)

This is clearly a match made in heaven, so, without further ado, here are the Shakespeare plays you should read based on your favourite YA novels.

Note: These plays have been around for over 400 years, so themes, attitudes, and events might make some people uncomfortable. I'm thinking specifically of Titus Andronicus here. Also, since they've been around for so long, I'm not sweating the spoilers. 

If You Liked The Hunger Games or Half Bad Trilogies, You Might Like...

TITUS ANDRONICUS 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72978.Titus_Andronicus

People die horribly. That's it. That's the summary. 

If You Liked The Catcher in the Rye, You Might Like...

HAMLET

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1432.Hamlet

If you liked The Catcher of the Rye then, first of all, I'm judging you -

(Correction. We're judging you.)

- but here's another story about a guy who really doesn't know what he's doing in regards to...well. Anything.

If You Liked The Gospel of Loki, You Might Like...

MACBETH

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8852.Macbeth

(Objection! The Gospel of Loki isn't YA.)

It's the prequel of a YA series. Overruled.
Macbeth should have a subtitle. Something like 'From Hero to Villain', or 'The Hero's Fall'.

If You Liked Any of Maggie Stiefvater's Books, You Might Like...

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1622.A_Midsummer_Night_s_Dream

I haven't actually read this one, but I know it involves a magical forest, fairies, and a very very complicated love polygon. 

Have you suffered through any Shakespeare plays?