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(The Atlantic Wire)   To mark his 400th Birthday, a group of prize-winning writers including the author of "a Handmaid's Tale", are going to re-write some of Shakespeare's most famous works-because apparently somebody, somewhere thought THAT would be a good idea   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 88
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2013-09-09 11:36:19 AM
Nakkede came the Straynger.

/exuent, with flourishes.
 
2013-09-09 11:38:01 AM
Also, it's already been done.  Better.

The Skinhead Hamlet
 
2013-09-09 11:40:49 AM
So long as no one asks me, I'm happy.  I freakin' HATE Shakespeare.
 
2013-09-09 11:47:19 AM
Atwood.  Great.  The darling of Victimization Studies departments.  Can't WAIT to see what she comes up with for Ophelia or Desdemona.
 
2013-09-09 11:53:22 AM
People have been rewriting Shakespeare practically since he originally wrote the works.
 
2013-09-09 12:01:07 PM

TuteTibiImperes: People have been rewriting Shakespeare practically since he originally wrote rewrote the works from Italian folk tales.



FTFY
 
2013-09-09 12:48:15 PM
www.thelmagazine.com
 
2013-09-09 12:48:40 PM
Yes, depress me some more, please.
Literary masturbation for profit.
And never mind copyrights, he's DEAD!
 
2013-09-09 12:48:54 PM
Could we include a lusty Argonian maid?  Please?
 
2013-09-09 12:49:08 PM
Seeing as about 30-50% of all good movies and stories today are just a rehash of a Shakespeare play (and that none of his stories were original in the first place anyway) this really isn't anything out of the ordinary.
 
2013-09-09 12:49:45 PM
Raphael Holinshed shakes his head in stifled amusement.
 
2013-09-09 12:51:44 PM
Simpsons did it.
 
2013-09-09 12:52:42 PM
Because no one has ever tried to adapt Shakespeare before:

upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.orgsakurabana.info
 
2013-09-09 12:52:46 PM
This thread is already full of people pretending these authors want to replace shakespeare, instead of participate in a collective experiment.
 
2013-09-09 12:53:07 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: And never mind copyrights, he's DEAD!


Copyright law only protects your works indefinitely if you are Disney.
 
2013-09-09 12:53:25 PM
Hopefully, they will put the plays back into the original Klingon.
 
2013-09-09 12:54:45 PM
The brilliance of Shakespeare is not in the plots. It's in the clever use of language. I don't see how creating a contemporary, politically correct version of his works would do them justice.

Lord, what fools these mortals be.
 
2013-09-09 12:55:15 PM

TuteTibiImperes: People have been rewriting Shakespeare practically since he originally wrote the works.


And a lot of people never realize that quite a few movies, TV shows, books, and whatever else lift their plots wholesale from his stuff.

Also, I love this tidbit: The three most written about people in human history are, in order, Jesus Christ, William Shakespeare, and Abraham Lincoln. I usually cite that in Lincoln threads, but it is an interesting combination of individuals. And a pretty good answer to that "dinner with x number of people from all of history" hypothetical.
 
2013-09-09 12:55:15 PM

ikanreed: This thread is already full of people pretending these authors want to replace shakespeare, instead of participate in a collective experiment.


Don't U understand?! They r goin to ruin shakspeer FOREVAR!
 
2013-09-09 12:55:22 PM

ikanreed: This thread is already full of people pretending these authors want to replace shakespeare, instead of participate in a collective experiment.


1-media-cdn.foolz.us

/"SHUT IT!"
 
2013-09-09 12:55:49 PM
Five words into the headline before the first mistake, well done.
 
2013-09-09 12:56:22 PM
It's good to see Hollywood isn't the only one doing this crap.
 
2013-09-09 12:58:19 PM
yumestate.com
Approve of this endeavor.

/actually quite good
//hope you like Josh Groban
 
2013-09-09 12:58:29 PM

French Rage: Five words into the headline before the first mistake, well done.


Capitalizing some Words, has Long Been an are of English with a great Deal of License. Unless, you are referring, to the missing comma.
 
2013-09-09 12:59:08 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: French Rage: Five words into the headline before the first mistake, well done.

Capitalizing some Words, has Long Been an are are of English with a great Deal of License. Unless, you are referring, to the missing comma.


Sorry, I made, a mistake.
 
2013-09-09 01:00:07 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-09 01:01:01 PM
farking Handmaids Tale - what a bunch of shiat.

I remember having to slog through that tripe my frosh year in college. God it was awful.
 
2013-09-09 01:01:08 PM

cgraves67: The brilliance of Shakespeare is not in the plots. It's in the clever use of language. I don't see how creating a contemporary, politically correct version of his works would do them justice.

Lord, what fools these mortals be.


The plots are pretty good too. See the Ran and West Side Story movie posters upthread?

Shakespeare was just all around awesome. Great writing, great plots. Yes, many were adapted from older stories, but the modifications were often pretty dramatic- even (especially?) to the histories.
 
2013-09-09 01:02:16 PM

Magorn: TuteTibiImperes: People Shakespeare has been rewriting Shakespeare Bacon practically since he originally wrote rewrote the works from Italian folk tales.


FTFY


FTFY.
 
2013-09-09 01:03:22 PM
According to Michael Chiklis, Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9BjSNIDMdk (start at 1:15:49)

/he sounds like he knows what he's talking about
 
2013-09-09 01:03:43 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: French Rage: Five words into the headline before the first mistake, well done.

Capitalizing some Words, has Long Been an are of English with a great Deal of License. Unless, you are referring, to the missing comma.


I'm referring to the fact that Shakespeare was not 0 days old when he died.
 
2013-09-09 01:04:45 PM
Yes the Globe company wrote some excellent plays under that pseudonym.
 
2013-09-09 01:05:56 PM
This is a cool idea and nothing more. You would have to be thick to have a problem with this.

Few things on earth are nearly indestructible. People can do whatever the hell they want with Shakespeare. You can't break it.
 
2013-09-09 01:06:12 PM

Crewmannumber6: According to Michael Chiklis, Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9BjSNIDMdk (start at 1:15:49)

/he sounds like he knows what he's talking about


That's been beating around for a while, but there are plenty of other scholars who disagree. With lots of evidence. It's really just one of those conspiracy theories- looks nice on the surface, but it doesn't really hold up to much serious examination.
 
2013-09-09 01:09:31 PM

Walt_Jizzney: farking Handmaids Tale - what a bunch of shiat.

I remember having to slog through that tripe my frosh year in college. God it was awful.


Read it on my own and thought much the same. At the very least, Atwood needs to be introduced to Mister Semicolon. that goddamned book had at least one run on sentence on every page.
 
2013-09-09 01:09:48 PM

French Rage: UrukHaiGuyz: French Rage: Five words into the headline before the first mistake, well done.

Capitalizing some Words, has Long Been an are of English with a great Deal of License. Unless, you are referring, to the missing comma.

I'm referring to the fact that Shakespeare was not 0 days old when he died.


Well then, as a Student, of History, how much do you think Shakespeare influenced the direction and breadth of the, Renaissance that followed his death?
 
2013-09-09 01:10:43 PM
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum a comedy of mistaken identity starring Zero Mostelle is a reworking of a play by Shakespeare (Two Gentlemen of Verona, IIRC) which was a reworking of an older European play, which was a reworking of Plautus, a Roman playwright, who was reworking a Greek play. The plot (two pairs of identical twins, master and servant) is an old standby.

Some of these plays have had 20 or 30 major rewrites (example:  the story of Amphtrion, the jealous husband)--by major I mean only the rewrites by playwrights who are major authors themselves--God only knows how many bad or insignificant or forgotten plays were based on the same plot. And that doesn't include movies, remakes, comic books or graphic novels, TV shows, the Comedia dell'Arte or a thousand other works in various media, such as paintings or sculptures.

That's literature for you:  it never advances, it just renews itself.

There simply is a limited fund of stories to tell and character types to work with. EVERYBODY rewrites Shakespeare. Shakespeare rewrote his own plays, touching them up or adapting them to the audience, ranging from the Court of Queen Elizabeth to the riff-raff and commoners in the standing room only "pit" below the stage in the Globe. He was a genius at playing to multiple audiences at the same time, with layered jokes and a quick shift from the ridiculous to the sublime.

And the fact that he stole many of his best plots from sources both ancient and modern (and possibly from plays he couldn't possibly have seen or books he couldn't have read) suggests that he wasn't exactly adverse to rewriting other people's work. There are Shakespearean "contributions" in a number of plays whose author is not quite certain. New Shakespearean text still turns up thanks to complex analysis of the text using computer programs, and it is probably that the play wrights occasionally helped each other out with a few lines or a scene or two, so Shakespeare wrote under a number of names (besides six different signatures), while other writers wrote bits of Shakespeare's known or disputed works.

These were the type of people who thought writing a sonnet where each guest contributes one line is a neat party game. There are still some of them kicking around in literary circles today perhaps.

Footnote: Amphytrion 38 (1929) is a French play, by Jean Giroudoux, so-called because it is allegedly the 38th version of Amphytrion. Another play was named Too Much Amphytrion, perhaps as a in-joke for playwrights.

Here is more from Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphitryon
 
2013-09-09 01:12:07 PM

cptjeff: Crewmannumber6: According to Michael Chiklis, Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9BjSNIDMdk (start at 1:15:49)

/he sounds like he knows what he's talking about

That's been beating around for a while, but there are plenty of other scholars who disagree. With lots of evidence. It's really just one of those conspiracy theories- looks nice on the surface, but it doesn't really hold up to much serious examination.


I knew about the Francis Bacon theory, but this was the first time I'd heard this explanation.
 
2013-09-09 01:13:40 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Yes the Globe company wrote some excellent plays under that pseudonym.


You do realize that he was a real guy, right? We have his grave, marriage records (he knocked up an older girl and married her. He was 18, she was either 26 or 27, and gave birth 6 months later), his father's application for heraldry (paid for by his loving- and now fairly well off from acting success- son), all sorts of crap like that.

There is some debate over whether William Shakespeare wrote what was attributed to him, though it's not all that credible, but the name was quite certainly not a pseudonym.
 
2013-09-09 01:13:55 PM

Walt_Jizzney: farking Handmaids Tale - what a bunch of shiat.

I remember having to slog through that tripe my frosh year in college. God it was awful.


How do you feel about "Handmaids Tail", the porn version?
 
2013-09-09 01:14:12 PM
Ran is based partly on King Lear.

Throne of Blood is based on MacBeth.

I probably knew about both of them but I forgot Ran.

If you think you don't like Shakespeare, maybe it just needs more Samurai.
 
2013-09-09 01:15:31 PM
Subby, not to be that guy, but if you RTFA you'd have seen that this is to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death (in 1616).
 
2013-09-09 01:17:16 PM

give me doughnuts: Hopefully, they will put the plays back into the original Klingon.


The Germans and the Russians beat the Klingons in claiming Shakespeare as their own by over 500 years. Which just goes to show. Something. I'm not sure what.
 
2013-09-09 01:18:41 PM
Betwixt Dravidian shores and Linear 5-9-3-0-1-6-7.02 and strikes the fulsome grove of Rexel 4. Co-radiating crystal, activate!
 
2013-09-09 01:23:17 PM
Margaret Atwood rebooting Shakespeare. So it's going to be both boring and excruciating.
 
2013-09-09 01:24:48 PM
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2013-09-09 01:26:13 PM

Astorix: Margaret Atwood rebooting Shakespeare. So it's going to be both boring and excruciating.


I only read The Handmaid's Tale, and as stream-of-conciousness literature went, it's nowhere near as bad as Steinbeck or Old Man and The Sea.
 
2013-09-09 01:27:01 PM

cptjeff: Crewmannumber6: According to Michael Chiklis, Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9BjSNIDMdk (start at 1:15:49)

/he sounds like he knows what he's talking about

That's been beating around for a while, but there are plenty of other scholars who disagree. With lots of evidence. It's really just one of those conspiracy theories- looks nice on the surface, but it doesn't really hold up to much serious examination.



Shakespeare Truthers.
 
2013-09-09 01:29:37 PM

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"...or rather Alfred,... "
 
2013-09-09 01:31:30 PM

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More like Rosencrap and Guilden, uh, poop!

/yeah, zinger!
 
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