We owe Shakespeare a lot. Above you will find a cool collage of all the words and phrases we use because of Shakespeare’s way with words. His works were extremely popular in his day and still remain that way to this day. His plays have influenced literature, language, and the lives of everyday people. On the other hand, his plays aren’t for everyone. While I have to read his plays as an English major (and sometimes just because I want to) others don’t. Some aren’t introduced to his works, others are but at a basic level, while the rest find they don’t like and can’t appreciate his genius. And that’s understandable. I even have a hard time getting through some of his plays and I actually enjoy them.
But I believe everyone needs Shakespeare in their life, much more than the common cliched phrases used for flare. If his old style doesn’t sit right with you or isn’t your cup of tea, then try an adaptation of it. You might find you’ve already seen and loved some of them.
There are a bunch of movie recreations:
- West Side Story (1961): Romeo and Juliet
- Big Business (1988): A Comedy of Errors
- My Own Private Idaho (1991): Henry IV + V
- The Lion King (1994): Hamlet
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999): The Taming of the Shrew
- 0 (2001): Othello
- She’s the Man (2006): Twelfth Night
And those are just the ones I’ve seen and know are based on Shakespeare’s plays. There are also movies that are directly after his plays like my all time favorite Romeo + Juliet
There are also the 1968 version and 2013 version but I like that one best. There are books too. Translated to modern English version. Plays. Songs. Etcetera, etcetera. His storylines can be found anywhere. So give it a try. I’m sure you’ll find something you like.