Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23 (which was actually his death's only a little weird), so we've decided to honour the Bard with a post all about him. 


As an English major, I’m ashamed that I haven’t read all of the Bard’s plays out there (in my defense, the Shakespeare course offered in my third year was at the exact same time as another course I was taking), but I tend to enjoy Shakespeare-influenced pop culture.

Best (loose) adaptations: 10 Things I Hate About You (The Taming of the Shrew); She’s the Man (Twelfth Night); The Lion King (Hamlet)

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

Best YA novels inspired by Shakespeare: Wondrous Strange trilogy (Lesley Livingston); Theatre Illuminata trilogy (Lisa Mantchev); Malvolio’s Revenge (Sophie Masson)
Adaptations I’m interested in consuming: Exit, Pursued by a Bear (E.K. Johnston); Much Ado About Nothing

Best plays (that I’ve read): A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Macbeth
Best quote: 

Though she be but little, she is fierce.


My very favourite Shakespearean memories happened when I went to England at age 17 and went to The Globe Theatre to see Othello. It rained, and we were groundlings, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The drama was so real and you were close enough to be spat on. It's by far one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen. 

I remember when I could start reading Shakesperean plays and didn't need the translations as much. It felt like such an accomplishment, like I was being let in on a secret (that, granted, many people had been let in on). 

Of course, I still adore the Shakesperean adaptations, 10 Things I Hate About You  being my absolute favourite. The stories are timeless (though I do believe that not all comedies need end in marriage) and can be re-worked ad infinitum. 

The stories and sonnets and plays will never cease to inspire awe.