Like I said here, it’s finally hitting me that I’m not going back to school for the first time in my entire life. While having no homework is liberating, I’m finding myself a bit nostalgic for all the things I enjoyed learning. Math was definitely never my strong suit, but I excelled in English and always loved reading the classics.
At the time, the context and language seemed dated, and I did not fully grasp how knowledge of classic literature connects us as a culture in such a beautiful way. I never could have imagined how many times a reference to The Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Crucible has come up in coversation or pop culture. It would be a travesty if I missed these references so thank you middle & high school English teachers for forcing me to struggle through some of the classics like Old Man in the Sea and introduce me to some favorites like The Great Gatsby.
Shakespeare was always one I would begin reading with such apprehension only to realize beyond the dated and complex language were simple, timeless stories that are told and retold in our society constantly. I always loved these versions of Shakespeare.
My favorite is 10 Things I Hate About You, a spin off of Bill’s A Taming of the Shrew, with the late Heath Ledger.
Then there was this Romeo & Juliet…
…But I much preferred this one with Leonardo Dicaprio and Clare Danes.
Clearly, the story of star crossed lovers never gets old. Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick will star as Tybalt in the latest Shakespeare adaptation. The newest version of Romeo and Juliet is said to hit theaters in 2013 and will star Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. What’s your favorite Shakespeare adaptation, film or otherwise?