Like a similar book in series, Courtney Carbone’s Macbeth #killing it, I did earlier this month; this story is written in text messages that are used on social media web sites. Because Brett Wright used the previous style of writing, this story has lost its “spark” that keeps you reading and falling in love with the characters in this story. Brett Wright also doesn’t include any of Shakespeare’s style of writing: famous soliloquies from this play or the iambic pentameter style of speech that was use by Shakespeare’s characters in the play that was used during his time in history.
First, the major problem with this book is that with the use of text messages and text abbreviations (LOL, GTG, and ROFL), has left the play with no “spark” of dramatic tension or emotional strife that make the characters come alive for the reader.
Next, William Shakespeare’s famous soliloquies for this play are missing in this story; for example when Lysander speaks to Hermia about the trials of lovers, “Ay me, for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .” Even Puck’s famous last words to the audience have been changed from the following (‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended: That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear; And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend. If you pardon, we will mend.) to something else entirely…“What four crazy days it has been! So many mixed-up (heart pictures) stories. Ok maybe I had a little something to do with that.” #trickster (A Midsummer Night #no filter, pg. 86)
Last, before reading this book I wanted to go out and get Shakespeare’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and read it again. However, after reading this book I no longer have the urge to reread it.
The Story Base: Why does Bottom have a donkey’s head for his head instead of his regular human head?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
Four lovers who can’t decide who they have a crush on.
One mischievous fairy with a love potion.
Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!
Heart and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.