Courtney Carbone has taken the backbone of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth storyline and “killed it” by putting it into text messages style of speech used on social media sites such as Twitter. She also does not use any of Shakespeare’s style of writing: famous soliloquies, iambic pentameter style of speech that was use by Shakespeare’s characters in the play that was used during his time in history. This led to the book having a major problem: it has lost “the spark” that made this play a worldwide sensation. I had to put this book down a couple of times and walk away from it for several days.
First of all, the problem with Courtney Carbone’s style of writing Macbeth with text speak is the use of abbreviations (LOL, GTG, and ROFL) as well as the use of emoticons and emojis. The use of previous items has left the play with no dramatic tension or emotional strife that pushes the characters (and the reader) along the storyline until the end.
Next, one of the most famous soliloquies in this play is missing. In Shakespeare’s play Lady Macbeth is seen rubbing her hands together and bemoaning that she cannot get out “the damned spot” of blood off her hands (Act 5, scene 1, lines 30–34). In this book she is just seen walking around with a candle in her hand in the middle of the night by her servants who conclude that she is now crazy. In addition, there was no use of iambic pentameter style of speech that is used by the characters in this play that Shakespeare’s created during his time.
Last, before reading this book I wanted to go out and get Shakespeare’s version of Macbeth and read it again. However, after reading this book I no longer have the urge to reread it. This is sad and could kill the love of this play for new to Shakespeare readers.
The base story: Can Macbeth, a Scottish thane, kill his King and the king’s children so he can become King of Scotland?
Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.
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.