It was Jennifer Lee Carrell's novel, Interred With Their Bones, that inspired me to read all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in the order that he wrote them. (Although not everyone agrees on what that order is.) I've made my way through 9 histories, 6 tragedies, and 7 comedies. It's been fun. Some plays are definitely better than others. While I loved A Comedy of Errors onstage, it wasn't that great to read; and while I've never seen Two Gentleman of Verona, it's become one of my favorite plays.
I have to admit that I've read a few of the plays out of order because they went along with some other book that I happened to be reading at the time. Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn led me to Troilus and Cressida, while What Time Devours by A.J. Hartley led me to Love's Labour's Lost. I've read a few other books with a Shakespearean connection--like Kathryn Johnson's The Gentleman Poet which has ties to The Tempest, and The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips, which is about a made-up Shakespeare play. Shakespeare and storytelling just seem to go together. So, here's to Shakespeare and ALL his stories!
What's your favorite play?
I am a bit jealous about how many plays by Shakespeare you were able to see, how absolutely wonderful! I only recently saw my first Shakespeare play, and I loved it.ReplyDelete
Very commendable you have now read all of his work, what an amazing task to finish!
As for my favorite play, I saw Julius Caesar and loved it, and I remember seeing movie adaptations of Henry V and Much ado about nothing once, and I also liked those.
Those are three plays I still hope to see someday on the stage. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!Delete
Love seeing Shakespeare plays at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. I would like to read more. I am part way through Much Ado About Nothing, and it has been a good read. One of these days I am going to break down and read Hamlet...how I missed reading this one in school, I will never know!ReplyDelete
Hamlet is one of my favorites! There's just something about it that I really like.Delete