5 Dramas That Readers Who Dislike Dramas Will Love

5 Dramas That Readers Who Dislike Dramas Will Love

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I used to avoid reading works of drama because I didn’t think they were “my thing.” As a long-time reader of fiction, the format of traditional drama was a bit intimidating and not aesthetically pleasing to me. It wasn’t until I got to college and was forced to take a Shakespeare course, and other english courses that introduced plays, that I finally came to appreciate the genre.   While the format is indeed different than other genres, that very format has so many benefits in of itself that audiences can appreciate.  The messages, emotions, and stories behind the written words can …

Why You Should Thank Shakespeare for Your Favorite Spooky Creatures

Why You Should Thank Shakespeare for Your Favorite Spooky Creatures

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In Shakespeare’s time, many were toying with the ideas of superstition and reality and exploring the stage as a place of fantasy. Because of this we can see a lot of supernatural elements appearing in Shakespeare’s plays, like witches, ghosts, and fairies. Shakespeare’s ideas of what these creatures act like have resonated with us all. They have carried to our present day interpretations of the same beings in literature, film, and even our Halloween décor.   Witches   Image Via Pyro-Energen    Macbeth features three witches who seem to drive the entire plot of the play. Shakespeare’s images of the witches show …

This Is What Shakespeare Sounded Like!

This Is What Shakespeare Sounded Like!

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When we read Shakespeare, we might be a little skeptical of some of his rhymes. Does play really rhyme with sea? Slant rhymes are frequently used, so when a rhyme doesn’t seem quite right, it’s likely it wasn’t intended to be. However, there’s also the possibility that sea was pronounced differently in Shakespeare’s accent.   British Council has a wonderful demonstration of what Shakespeare’s accent would’ve sounded like (Shakespeare’s accent begins at 2:20):     It sounds very similar to an Irish or Scottish accent. If you were expecting an English accent similar to how contemporary Londoners sound, this probably comes as a surprise. Hearing Shakespeare’s …

Here’s Why Chris Martin from Coldplay Is Legitimately Better Than Shakespeare

Here’s Why Chris Martin from Coldplay Is Legitimately Better Than Shakespeare

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Jay-Z made headlines when he told Guilty Pleasures, “Britain will look back at [Chris Martin] as a modern day Shakespeare.”   This statement is understandably controversial. William Shakespeare rose to fame as the husband of Anne Hathaway (not the Oscar winner). Some may also know him as a playwright. His comedies were gut-busters, and his tragedies were tearjerkers. Perhaps his best known work is “Romeo + Juliet,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie from “Homeland.”   Shakespeare was known for his gun battles. / via GIPHY   But, as Jay-Z has aptly pointed out, Shakespeare has finally met his match in Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. Chris Martin has penned …

Here's Why Chris Martin from Coldplay Is Legitimately Better Than Shakespeare

Here's Why Chris Martin from Coldplay Is Legitimately Better Than Shakespeare

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Jay-Z made headlines when he told Guilty Pleasures, “Britain will look back at [Chris Martin] as a modern day Shakespeare.”   This statement is understandably controversial. William Shakespeare rose to fame as the husband of Anne Hathaway (not the Oscar winner). Some may also know him as a playwright. His comedies were gut-busters, and his tragedies were tearjerkers. Perhaps his best known work is “Romeo + Juliet,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie from “Homeland.”   Shakespeare was known for his gun battles. / via GIPHY   But, as Jay-Z has aptly pointed out, Shakespeare has finally met his match in Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. Chris Martin has penned …