Thursday, 9 May 2019

My favourite Shakespeare adaptations

this post is NOT sponsored but Viking did gift me some items.
When I was in school I absolutely loved Shakespeare, and the older I get the more I realise how many things were completely and utterly influenced by the bard himself - and when Viking reached out to me with regards to their Shakespeare Celebrations, I decided to create a post about my favourite Shakespeare adaptations! Viking sell all sorts of office supplies, stationery, tech and more so if you're looking to kit out your office or just stock up on your writing necessities, definitely check them out.

a book called srsly hamlet lying on a blanket

10 Things I Hate About You is one of my favourite films of all time anyway, but it's actually based on the story of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. It's a gorgeous and very emotional film, and is literally about the 'taming' of the 'shrew' - e.g, making older sister Kat into less of a bitch so little sis Bianca can go to the prom. Plus it's got Heath Ledger in it.

She's The Man starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes is all abut football-obsessed Viola who disguises herself as a boy, just like the character of Viola from Twelfth Night by Mr Shakespeare himself. It's a cracking film with a lot of very obvious nods to the 1600s comedy.

West Side Story is one that definitely springs to mind when you think of films adapted from Shakespeare plays: it is, of course, a more up-to-date retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It's set in NYC and features rival gang members falling in luuuurve, starring the incredible Natalie Wood among others.

Vinegar Girl is another adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, this time in book form by the fabulous Anne Tyler which is a green-card marriage story that's absolutely hilarious and draws brilliant parallel's to Shakespeare's play while remaining a brilliant story in its own right.

a postcard and feather quill lying on a blanket

Check Yes Juliet is actually a song and I'm not sure if it's *actually* based on Romeo and Juliet but it seems kind of likely to me and I love We The Kings, especially this song, so I had to include it in this list for you!

There are loads of other books, films, songs, plays etc based on the works of the wonderful William Shakespeare: The Lion King, Warm Bodies, Brave New World and loads more. Thanks to Viking for encouraging me to write this post and think a little bit outside the box when it comes to Shakespeare!


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