Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23 (which was actually his death day...it'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 plays (that I’ve read): A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Macbeth
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.