Monday, January 07, 2019

Announcing We Love Shakespeare Week


Time to reveal this year's February blog party subject!  This year, we're going to celebrate all things Shakespeare for a whole week long.


Like last year's Superhero party, or 2017's Jane Austen party, this party needs YOU in order to be fun!  Oh sure, I'll post some games.  I'll host a giveaway.  And I'll provide a tag for people to fill out on their own blogs.  But it's all the blogathon-style posts contributed by all the participants that make these shindigs so extra-fun.


What kind of posts can you contribute?  Anything involving Shakespeare and his writing!  Movie reviews!  Top-ten lists of favorites!  An introspective discussion of why one particular play or character fascinates you!  A cool bit of history or trivia!  Whatever strikes your fancy.


Because there are SO MANY movie adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, I do ask that there be no duplicates of individual films.  And because Shakespeare himself wrote so many plays, I also ask that there be no duplicates of reviews of his written plays either.  Now, you can focus more narrowly on a character, or a theme -- for instance, if someone has already spoken for the play Hamlet, and someone else is already reviewing your favorite adaptation of Hamlet, you could still write a post about why the character Hamlet fascinates you.


If you need inspiration, here's a list on Wikipedia of all the filmed adaptations of his plays.  Plenty to choose from!


Once you know how you want to contribute to We Love Shakespeare Week, comment on this post with your chosen topic and a link to your blog, and I'll add you to the official roster below.


And of course, please use these buttons to spread the news of this week on your blogs and other social media platforms.  Invite your friends!  The more, the merrier.


Contributed posts:

+ Hamlette's Soliloquy -- review of Hamlet (1948)
+ I'm Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read) -- A Winter's Tale (play)
+ Sarcastic Scribblings -- mini-reviews of the 5 Shakespeare plays I've read
+ Rose Petals and Faerie Dust -- the drama within Romeo and Juliet and review of Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
+ Movies Meet Their Match -- Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
+ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness -- studying Macbeth with my grandfather
+ The Content Reader -- review of The Taming of the Shrew (play)
+ Bookends and Bwopper Eels -- review of Othello (play), focusing on Iago
+ You're next!

21 comments:

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.

    YES.

    I SHALL BE PARTICIPATING.

    Okay can I write about A Winter's Tale and why I love it so much? Stuff like the themes of winter/spring and death/resurrection and the hope of miracles and so one.

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    1. Jessica, great! Adding you to the list for a review of the play.

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  2. Hmmm...

    I'll have to think about my entry. :) But I'm really excited for this!

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    1. Can't wait to see what you come up with, Eva!

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  3. A Shakespeare blog party? YES PLEASE!
    Can I write a mini review of the 5 or so plays I've read?

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    1. Mary Katherine, that sounds great! Adding you to the list.

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    1. Not sure why my info did show up. I’m Melissa at http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/

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    2. Glad you're in, Melissa! Let me know if you think of a post you'd like to contribute :-) You're certainly welcome to just do the tag, or just play the games, too!

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  5. I've got a lot of Shakespeare, but I think I'd like to do something on how Romeo and Juliet is more than about two very silly lovers (when I read it, I was more interested in the drama . . . and Mercutio). Maybe others, definitely about my fav Much Ado About Nothing.

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    1. Livia, that will be cool! Do you want me to put you down for reviewing a specific adaptation of Much Ado, or just the play in general? I've got you down for Romeo & Juliet for right now.

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    2. Put me down for Much Ado About Nothing movie with Kenneth Brannagh please.

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  6. Yes!!!!!!!! I've been waiting for the announcement of what this years theme was going to be!!!! I am so excited!!! There are so many possiblities.... It is so hard to choose! Okay, I'm going with Gnomeo and Juliet(2011).

    (Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You is based on The Taming of the Shrew!!?? That makes so much more sense!)

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    1. MC, happy to have you on board! I'm adding you to the roster right now.

      (Yes, it is. I know, right?)

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  7. My post for 2019 Year of Shakespeare is up and you find it here: https://thecontentreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/2019-year-of-shakespeare.html
    I will join you with The Taming of the Shrew, which I have chosen as a comedy. Reading Shakespeare is not easy for me, but I might be able to write something about this comedy.

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    1. Lisbeth, that sounds good! I look forward to your thoughts on Taming of the Shrew next month!

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  8. Oh, this is such a great idea!!!
    (I actually just finished an intro to Shakespeare course at school last semester, so it's perfect timing! :D)
    I would love to participate if possible! Would it be permissible for me to write a post about Othello (the text itself, not a movie version), mainly talking about how great of a Villain Iago is?

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    1. Anna, I love it! I'll put you down for Iago from Othello. Glad to have you with us!

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  9. Ah, it’s a shame I missed this! I adore so many things Shakespeare and would’ve loved to touch on them. Oh, well... I look forward to reading the contributions other bloggers made :D

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    1. Bekah, you haven't missed it! You can totally still join! There's no deadline for joining. What would you like to contribute?

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