Calendar Girls (#6 / June 2017): Best Shakespeare Play

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It’s finally here! May felt like a very long month, despite being on vacation and time usually going by very quickly when you’re on vacation. Maybe it’s because I wrote only one blog post the entire 21 days that I was away? Who knows. I also wanted to say thank you for picking my choice for the May theme as your favourite! It was a very pleasant surprise and definitely made me smile! Now, this month’s Calendar Girls theme is all best Shakespeare play! Yes! I’m an English Literature major and I tried to take as many Shakespeare-focused courses as I could. So yes, I really like Shakespeare! But before I let myself get carried away with Shakespeare rambles, I will just say yay, and that I’m curious and excited to see which of you will pick which plays!

(Also, if you’re confused about why this Calendar Girls post went up on the 1st Monday of the month, in stead of the 1st Wednesday, please check out the updates we have made to the reading event here!)

For those of you new to Calendar Girls, it’s a new blog event which I am co-hosting with my friend Melanie, and is inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, we decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, is meant to help bloggers meet other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across!

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please check out Melanie’s or my launch post for more info, and sign up if you are still interested after reading everything. Also, if you would like to see examples of past posts, you can look at Melanie and I’s January posts here and here, where the posts of other participants will also be listed. We’d love to have you join in the fun!

And now…without further ado, here is my choice for June’s theme…

– Best Shakespeare Play-

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

I don’t think that we were taught this play in high school, but that I went out and read it on my own. Then I watched the 1999 film on VHS (wow, so long ago!) and fell in love with the story even more! Even though I get upset when women’s rights (or lack thereof) are mentioned in Shakespeare plays, and women are not treated the best in this play (or any of his plays really), I remind myself that it’s just a reflection of how things were in Elizabethan England, and I tell myself to just focus on the story as entertainment. And A Midsummer Night’s Dream is definitely quite entertaining! I may just have to re-read it now!

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Other Participants:

Melanie -> A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Shanah @ Bionic Book Work -> The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Deanna @ Deanna Writs About… -> Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews -> Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Lauren @ Two Birds, One Blog -> Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Thai @ Read Breath Repeat -> A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Darque Dreamer Reads -> A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Sophie @ Beware of the Reader -> Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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And now for the July theme which
you picked through the use of the poll

the July theme is

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july theme results

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bcd9fe86d963e85d6894868f56c48a3bTHANK YOU FOR READING MY CALENDAR GIRLS POST! HAVE YOU EVER READ THIS PLAY OR SEEN IT PERFORMED? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ OR SEEN IT YET, DO YOU WANT TO, OR NOT? HOW COME? IF YOU ARE A CALENDAR GIRLS PARTICIPANT (AND EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT), YOU ARE WELCOME TO COMMENT ON ANYTHING REGARDING MY POST BELOW! ALSO, WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH THE EVEN HAS THE WORD “GIRLS” IN THE TITLE, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL GENDERS, SEXUALITIES, ETC. ARE NOT WELCOME! ALL ARE WELCOME! I LOOK FORWARD TO READING ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS!

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20 thoughts on “Calendar Girls (#6 / June 2017): Best Shakespeare Play

  1. Lauren says:

    I have always enjoyed a Midsummer night’s dream too it’s definitely one of my top 3 favourites. I read it for the first time in grade 9 and loved how nuts it was. I keep trying to thnk how one would do a modern day retelling and the closest I can come is a bad acid trip or something haha. I actually can’t think of anyone who has tried writing a modern day retelling of this one like they have with so many other of the Bard’s plays – can you think of any?

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    • Flavia says:

      Hehe so glad that you like this one too, Lauren! It’s so much fun. And while looking for images for this post, I actually came across a modern-ish film adaptation for this play, haha. But it’s modern as in…there are still fairies, but the humans live in the modern world (or that’s what I got from the images anyway). And thank you, because you made me look into it again haha. Turns out it was a BBC tv movie? And I may just have to watch it now ;P here’s the link to the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHwS3Yb5p4I

      Also, a modern modern version? With no magic? I would agree with you that psychedelic drugs would be necessary to make it believable! Or if you wanted to turn it into a psychological experiment film…or book….maybe something to do with hypnosis? I think a modern take would be interesting, no matter how they go about it 😉

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