Shakespeare-Inspired Books to Give You a Break from Thees, Thys and Thous
If you get mixed-up with Shakespeare’s language, you’re not the only one. It can be difficult to figure out what he’s talking about. The language is beautiful but it’s definitely not the way we speak anymore.
However, Shakespeare’s words are much easier to appreciate when we understand the story he’s telling in his plays. Unlike the words, these stories can still be found in popular movies, TV shows and books.
You might be surprised at how much Shakespearean stories work their way into pop culture. Shakespeare’s crazy plot twists and complicated characters are masterpieces because they still captivate our attention hundreds of years later.
In an interview with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, she says that two of her books were inspired by Shakespeare. New Moon was “closely tied to” Romeo & Juliet and she “loosely worked with” A Midsummer Night’s Dream when writing Breaking Dawn.
Check out these other Shakespeare-inspired books for when you want a break from the thees, thys and thous but not from the Bard’s top notch storytelling. We like what these authors have done with the classics from a time traveling romance in Venice to a King Lear through the jester’s eyes and a version of Much Ado About Nothing that’s pure beach reading.
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Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman
Geena can’t wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena’s dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window – then vanish entirely when a few cute guys enter the picture. This book is a modern-day version of Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare, complete with mistaken identities and romantic blunders.
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