Falling for Hamlet

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Falling for Hamlet

Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, the principal adviser to the King of Denmark, is in love with her prince, Hamlet. Their relationship is not always idyllic-they have just gotten back together after Hamlet sampled the charms of the ladies at Wittenberg University-but they seem to have mended fences and Ophelia is preparing for her senior year, separated from her prince. However, a plot is afoot in Denmark: Claudius, the king's envious brother, may have poisoned the king, and the ink is barely dry on the king's death certificate, before Claudius and the king's widow, Gertrude, are married. Hamlet is convinced that Claudius killed the king and Ophelia is swept up in plots and counterplots at the castle, leading up to her betrayal of Hamlet, the death of her father and her own madness and imprisonment.

Set in modern times, Falling for Hamlet capitalizes on modern surveillance, through cell phones, cameras and text messages to illustrate one of the main stratagems of Shakespeare's original: spying and eavesdropping to reveal the plot. Ophelia just wants to love her handsome prince, but the watchful eyes of the palace and the people contribute to the disintegration of the royal family. The author uses a frame technique, of Ophelia's interviews on a popular television show and by the police, to open and close each chapter, another method of spying and interrogation. Ophelia is just as confused and powerless in this version of the story, but her conclusion that the Cinderella life complete with spotlight was never for her, is a modern analysis of the character. The book is also very timely with the fervor over the upcoming British royal wedding, so readers may be drawn to Falling for Hamlet, not only for the royal romance and the reliance on the well-known tragedy, but also on the book's sympathetically drawn and appealing Ophelia.


Book Blurb for Falling for Hamlet

Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course.

Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia.


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.25