Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ten books based on Shakespeare's plays

 Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this list of books inspired by William Shakespeare!  These books have taken a particular play by the bard and then adapted it to it's own story.  These aren't books that tell the further adventures of particular characters or share the story from another perspective.  For example, much like the Jets and the Sharks danced it out as rivals in the movie West Side Story, Sharon Draper updated Romeo and Juliet in Romiette and Julio as young loves torn apart by modern gangs.  It has the same framework as the original play, but without all of the "oh, happy dagger"-ing.

Below each title is paired with the play that inspired it marked in red.  As an added bonus, I've included the "When you're a Jet" song from West Side Story at the bottom.  One of the finest films ever made.

10. The Madness of Love by Katharine Davies   Twelfth Night

9. Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper   Romeo and Juliet 

8. Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber   Romeo and Juliet

7. A Girl, A Ghost and the Hollywood Hills by Lizabeth Zindel   Hamlet

6. Exposure by Mal Peet   Othello

5. A Winter Night's Dream by Andrew Matthews   A Midsummer Night's Dream

4. Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig   A Midsummer Night's Dream

3. Something's Rotten in the State of Maryland by Laura Sonnemark   Hamlet

2. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Elizabeth Gehrman   Much Ado About Nothing

1. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley   King Lear

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list, thanks. I might be a little bias, as I love Shakespeare and am crazy about A Thousand Acres!