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Recommendations for novels based on Shakespeare plays? [Aug. 24th, 2011|12:08 pm]
HA HA HA! Marlowe's my bitch!


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]

[User Picture]From: sonneta
2011-08-24 12:22 pm (UTC)
I really liked Something Rotten by Alan Gratz. It's a YA Mystery spin on Hamlet.
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[User Picture]From: the_alchemist
2011-08-24 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: thynk2much
2011-08-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
I wasn't completely wild about The Story of Edgar Sawtelle -- it had a lot of narrative problems -- but it did work the amazing feat of reasonably transplanting the Hamlet story to a family of dog-breeders (and yes Ophelia was a dog!)... and the writing was beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: cat_empress
2011-08-25 01:24 am (UTC)
There's always Terry Pratchett's 'Wyrd Sisters' and 'Lords and Ladies', which are (in my opinion) fairly loosely attached retellings of, respectively, Macbeth and Midsummer Night's Dream, in the Discworld setting.

I think in the last few years there's been one or two interesting versions of Hamlet published, but as I haven't read them myself I can't be more specific. I think one might be by John Marsden.

Hope you find what you're looking for!
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[User Picture]From: fuunsaiki
2011-08-29 10:51 am (UTC)
It's not quite what you've asked for, but I LOVE One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding. Rather than being a retelling of any story, it's rather more like a Where's Waldo of Shakespeare references folded into a genuinely fascinating story. I love it dearly.
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