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Recommendations for novels based on Shakespeare plays? [Aug. 24th, 2011|12:08 pm]

the_alchemist
I'm thinking especially of things like Matt Haig's Dead Fathers Club and The Last Family in England/The Labrador Pact and some of the manga Shakespeare which in fanfiction terms are AUs, where the characters, situations and themes are transferred into a different setting. I'm interested in straighter retellings too though.

I'm interested in professionally published stuff more than fanfiction, and in novels and short stories more than films and plays and so on. I'm not interested in retellings where the primary aim is making Shakespeare 'accessible' to children or teenagers - I'm interested in original works which use Shakespeare to say something new.

I say 'recommendations', but I'm interested in things you think are rubbish as well as things you like.

[Cross-posting this to own journal]
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(no subject) [Mar. 11th, 2011|08:10 pm]

gileonnen
Are you a fan of Shakespeare's Greek and Roman plays? Do you wish there were more fanfiction for plays like Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Troilus and Cressida, The Comedy of Errors, or even The Winter's Tale? Do you wish you could ask for a fic written just for you? You have until midnight EST on the Ides of March to sign up for ides_of_april, the yearly fanfiction exchange! If you had fun with us last year or if you're newly curious, please read the rules and feel free to sign up!
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Fic: To Be King [Nov. 1st, 2010|12:16 am]

sophia_sol
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Title: To Be King
Fandom: King Lear
Characters: Edgar, and most of the other major characters
Rating: PG
Length: 876 words
Summary: The problem with the dead is that you can't shut them up.

Click here to read at my journal
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Podfic: With No Less Terror Than The Elements, by commodorified and angevin2 [Oct. 11th, 2010|09:59 pm]

sophia_sol
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Title: With No Less Terror Than the Elements: notes toward uncovering Act IV, Scene ii of Richard II
By: commodorified and angevin2
Read by: sophia_sol
Length: 23:16
Fandom: Shakespeare: Richard II
Pairing: Richard/Henry
Rating/Warning: "The sexual content of this fic, though middling explicit at best, contains enough dirty bad wrong that both the author and the editor needed a stiff drink before, during, and after editing it. Readers familiar with the text will immediately apprehend the nature of the dynamic we propose to explore. Others are advised to read at least Act 3 Scene 3, Act 4 Scene 1, Act 5 Scene 4, and Act 5 Scene 6 before proceeding. In fact, just go read the play. It's fabulous. We'll wait for you."
Summary: None given

Creative Commons attribution:
With No Less Terror Than The Elements (Lea and Marna ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

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Harbingers of Blood, Part 2 (Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare, PG-13) [Sep. 2nd, 2010|01:39 pm]

gehayi
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Title: Harbingers of Blood
Author: gehayi
Fandom: Shakespeare--specifically, Macbeth
Characters: Gruoch (Lady Macbeth), Macbeth, Duncan, the Three Witches, Éua (the nameless Gentlewoman from the play), a Priest (OC), assorted Ghosts
Word Count: 12,046
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I most emphatically am not William Shakespeare. This should not come as a shock to anyone.
Prompt: And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. -- Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) , Pulitzer-prize-winning African-American novelist, short-story writer and poet. First black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. First black woman to win the National Book Award. (Both awards were in 1983 for The Color Purple.)
Summary: Written for femgenficathon. Queens have power. They need not hide who and what they are for safety's sake. But more than that--queens have names. And Lady Macbeth would do much to be known and remembered under her own name.
Warnings (if any): Violence and murder.
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Part 1

She is in the slaughterhouse, listening to the prophecies and accusations of the dead while she scrubs vainly at the blood on her hands.Collapse )

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End NotesCollapse )
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Harbingers of Blood, Part 1 (Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare, PG-13) [Sep. 2nd, 2010|01:34 pm]

gehayi
[mood |busy]

Title: Harbingers of Blood
Author: gehayi
Fandom: Shakespeare--specifically, Macbeth
Characters: Gruoch (Lady Macbeth), Macbeth, Duncan, the Three Witches, Éua (the nameless Gentlewoman from the play), a Priest (OC), assorted Ghosts
Word Count: 12,046
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I most emphatically am not William Shakespeare. This should not come as a shock to anyone.
Prompt: And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. -- Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) , Pulitzer-prize-winning African-American novelist, short-story writer and poet. First black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. First black woman to win the National Book Award. (Both awards were in 1983 for The Color Purple.)
Summary: Written for femgenficathon. Queens have power. They need not hide who and what they are for safety's sake. But more than that--queens have names. And Lady Macbeth would do much to be known and remembered under her own name.
Warnings (if any): Violence and murder.
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She has no quarrel with camouflage or disguise. Of necessity, she has learned to be good at both.Collapse )

Part 2 is here.
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Histories Ficathon is LIVE! [Aug. 31st, 2010|06:46 pm]

lareinenoire
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The Third Annual thisengland Histories Ficathon is live!

This year's contributions are utterly brilliant. There are operas (Space and German), AUs (political/Springsteen, theatrical, magical, and artistic), and the first ever fic based on Henry VIII! Also Ominous Dead Kings and Badly Behaved Living Kings! Cameos by Chaucer (which was inevitable, really)! And, last, but definitely not least, EPIC MEDIEVAL STEAMPUNK.

I just can't say enough about how wonderful all the fics are. Please do wander over to thisengland and have a look!
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New community [May. 5th, 2010|08:08 pm]

elettaria
crip_crit is now in existence, for the discussion of portrayals of disability in literature, film and TV. Come and discuss blindness in Lear, Richard III's back problem, or just something interesting you noticed when watching TV last night! You don't have to be disabled to join, just friendly.
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ALERT [Apr. 28th, 2010|09:25 am]

sonneta
People of the United States: The David Tennant + Patrick Stewart Hamlet will air TONIGHT on Great Performances on PBS. Check your local listings.

Hat tip to Shakespeare Geek.
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Ides of April is LIVE! [Apr. 15th, 2010|07:59 am]

lareinenoire
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Exactly what the subject line says: ides_of_april, the annual ficathon for Shakespeare's Greek and Roman plays*, is live, and it is a fantastic collection of stories!

Running themes include:

1. Hermione doesn't spend sixteen years in a box. She travels the world, solves people's problems, and is generally awesome.

2. SLASHY ROMANS FTW. Occasionally slashy Romans are IN SPACE.

3. Antony manages to create EPIC FAIL just by entering a room. Because that is what Antony does.

4. Also, pirates.

* It's been on for two years. That makes it annual.
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