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Does anyone really like Shakespeare? And if so, which is your favourite? Watch

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    i have read/seen many but those that i have seen were not really relevant and just like a poorly made film... didnt really enjoy them.

    also studying them for GCSE was awful.
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    (Original post by Bellissima)
    plays are meant to be WATCHED not READ. i found reading shakespeare at school mind numbingly boring, however i don't see why that is suprprising. imagine reading the play script of lord of the rings or harry potter! you'd hate that too!

    also, a lot of pretence in this thread.
    Hehe, yes. I sympathise. I think part of it is just because since we came out of nappies Shakespeare has had a sort of halo about him. I remember my secondary school teacher (my favourite, whom I still see every year) being rather incredulous that an applicant for one of the teaching vacancies said he didn't like Shakespeare.

    But the more I read, especially of literary people in the early C20, the more I see people seeing through the aura which surrounds 'Bill' (as Richard Aldington called him). They make the point that essentially he was a hack writer, who didn't write in the Romantic sense at all, but just for money. That he happened to write well was merely incidental. Of course many of his plays aren't his original stories at all, so we can't praise him as a master plot-man like we can Dickens.

    And in any case, I think I partly sympathise with your view about watching plays rather than seeing them. Last year I remember being fascinated about a stream in Victorian Shakesperiana which claimed that Shakespeare should only be read, and that watching his plays was somehow unacademic or impure. Rubbish.

    If I am honest, some of the most stimulating renditions of Shakespeare I have seen was the BBC modernized versions -- especially Rufus Sewell and Moaning Myrtle in Taming of the Shrew (and the Lucentio guy was hot). But the point is is that these were funny, and they drew the spirit of the plays out for an audience of people who otherwise would never touch Shakespeare and who were probably scarred by him for life at school.

    Personally, the plays I have liked most (I have by no means read them all -- far from it), are Othello, King Lear, and As You Like It. I especially warmed to the Orlando character. I started reading Winter's Tale, and I remember it said some interesting things about fathers coming to terms with disability in their children. Really provoking stuff.
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    Macbeth and Othello are my favourite.
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    Not gonna lie, Julius Caesar and Macbeth (the only two plays I have read) are actually pretty good.
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    (Original post by Bellissima)
    plays are meant to be WATCHED not READ. i found reading shakespeare at school mind numbingly boring, however i don't see why that is suprprising. imagine reading the play script of lord of the rings or harry potter! you'd hate that too!

    also, a lot of pretence in this thread.
    You're comparing Renaissance drama to modern fantasy...

    Also, reading and watching Shakespeare each have their own advantages.
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    I'm fairly divided on Shakespeare. As an English & Linguistics student at uni, I feel obliged to 'love' his work. However, if I'm being honest to myself, I can safely say I only really 'like' his work. Yes, his use of language is exceptional, the poetry and plays he has written are often incredible... but I think he's slightly overrated. I went on a class trip in Lower Sixth of school to Stratford upon Avon and although seeing Macbeth and the Merchant of Venice performed in the RSC was an unforgettable experience, there was far too much commercialisation based around him living there.

    I appreciate his work and he definitely is one of the greats, but I think Chaucer's work is a level above that of Shakespeare's.

    EDIT: I've only read Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, King Lear and a few sonnets. My favourite was King Lear!
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    (Original post by RadioHawk)
    Don't know many plays but I like Macbeth and Hamlet
    Midsummer Nights Dream I don't quite know how I feel, was in a production of it but the story is.... odd
    Demetrius gets screwed over -_-
    I just sat here, looking at your signature and singing along with the Pokemon theme. :cool:
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    (Original post by Frankster)
    I just sat here, looking at your signature and singing along with the Pokemon theme. :cool:
    I completely forgot that was there...
    I've now just done the exact same thing
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    We read Macbeth in school and, after a bit of getting used to, I really enjoyed it!

    Whilst I haven't read many of his works, I have read about them and find the characters enthralling and the plots brilliant!
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    I find him boring tbh. But each to their own.
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    I do really love Romeo and Juliet. It has some beautiful lines, and I love that Romeo and Juliet roughly have the equal amount of speech. (Also how could you not love Mercutio?!) I also love Othello! They are probably my two favourites. I have to say I didn't particularly enjoy Richard the Third. But I really do like seeing it live, but there is something really nice about seeing it written down too.
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    Much Ado About Nothing. Always. It's got that perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, so I'm a sucker for it.
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    I love Shakespeare. Just love it.

    Othello is a dear favourite, I could read it over and over (but saw a very bad production of it and would like to see it done properly).

    And Macbeth, I saw the performance with Alan Cumming which was basically a one-man play and it was phenomenal. I'd recommend even people who dislike Shakespeare to go see it.

    I enjoy others too and I'm hoping to read some more.
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    I'm also divided in my regard for him...

    Firstly, I love some of his plays over most others, just because his plays are awespiring and the plot brings excitement every time. A few to name are - King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, Tempest, Richard III, etc...

    However I also like Webster's plays, namely - Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil.
    Some other good revenge tradegies are - Revengers Tales, etc...

    BUT sometimes, rarely, he does go a bit ...meh. I don't particularly enjoy his sonnets, etc...

    Overall though, he is a good playwright and deserved to be well renowed. My opinion might be a tad bit biased as I study at his school.
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    I love Shakespeare. I have yet to find a poem or play that I either do not love or do not respect its brilliance. Can't wait to study him at University :P Though none of my friends like him and find him (and poems in general) a bore.
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    I haven't read a lot of Shakespeare literature lately, but I do recall volunteering in school play that was based on Hamlet. We had to recite the exact lines, which was pretty challenging in year 6.

    Romeo and Juliet was alright, but I find it a bit ... I don't know. I can't really explain - its not my favourite.
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    Try The Merchant of Venice.
    I hate watching the plays but I love studying them, and take English Literature next year it is one of the only lessons where you feel like you actually learn something useful each lesson.
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    Absolute hero.
    My top 5 would be King Lear, Henry V, Richard II, The Winter's Tale and Julius Caesar.
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    I love The Tempest. In year 8, my class at school performed a part of it, which was so much fun. Then I studied it at AS Level. We went to see a RSC production of it, with Patrick Stewart as Prospero and it was just one of the most amazing things I've seen.
    Also, after doing A Midsummer Night's Dream for drama A Level, I found a love for that too!
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    I really hate reading Shakespeare's works. I don't enjoy any of them. Agree with other posts that plays are meant to be watched, not read.

    The first question I asked my new teacher at the start of the A2 year was 'Are we doing Shakespeare' as I was already filled with dread...I literally cheered in my seat when she told me we weren't, we were going to be doing 'The White Devil' by John Webster in place of Shakespeare text.
 
 
 
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