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Shakespeare News: New First Folio Found in France

Under the noses of college students for 400 years, yet no one realized the true value of the book until 3 days ago.

Under the noses of college students for 400 years, yet no one realized the true value of the book until 3 days ago.

There are many things that we can be thankful for: food, friends, family, and for Shakespeare scholars, the discovery of a new first folio in France. Read more…

Why Do We Still Love Shakespeare?

What is it about this guy?

What is it about this guy?

When reviewing adaptations of his plays, and looking at the history that shaped this man, it is sometimes hard to remember that these plays have lasted (intact) for nearly 500 years. What is it about Shakespeare that makes him so relatable, even with the language barrier between modern English and the English of Shakespeare’s day? This man’s influence in literature is something that most authors today still cannot imagine attaining for themselves.  Read more…

Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio: Anachronism Gone Bad

Ugh, terrible movie. At least Leo's cute? Image courtesy of

Ugh, terrible movie. At least Leo’s cute?
Image courtesy of

This morning did not start out well for me. I woke up at 5:30, and decided that I might as well start work on watching a movie for the blog. So what do I do? I get on Netflix and choose the movie that looks like the most intriguing. Being a 90’s girl, I naturally gravitated towards the movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio.  Read more…

Review: Twelfth Night (1996)

Twelfth Night in 1996, photo courtesy of

Twelfth Night in 1996,
photo courtesy of

It occurred to me last night that I have not done many movie posts, not since I first began the blog. Well, no time like the present!

I ran a search for adaptations of Twelfth Night, and found out that there was one which starred Helena Bonham Carter as Olivia. And thus my search ended quite quickly.

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The History of Macbeth

James I, painted by Daniel Mytens, for whom Macbeth was written.

James I, Shakespeare patron and alleged descendant of Banquo. Painted by Daniel Mytens.

With the last two posts being about how Macbeth has had an influence on modern culture, I thought I’d take a step back in time and look at the culture that influenced Macbeth. Not only are there several instances of brown-nosing  the king, there are also several points of the play that portray Scotland in a negative light, something that is still alive and well today.  Read more…

“Something Wicked This Way Comes:” Macbeth in Pop Culture Part 2

One of my favorite Halloween traditions is watching the Harry Potter series (up to the Half-Blood Prince). Wizards, witches, ghosts (Nearly Headless Nick, anyone?), trolls, and renditions of other mystical creatures in mythology, what isn’t there to like? Read more…

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