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Shakespeare Movie Adaptations

Last weekend, I bought all the potato chips and cookies, and I dedicated all my time to the movie adaptations of Jane Austin books. I simply love Jane Austin, just like most of my colleagues, and I find some movie adaptations quite successful. Then I came across that blog post about “Great Shakespeare Movie Adaptations”. Surprisingly, I’ve watched none of them! Next weekend’s plan is already set but I just wonder what you think about movie adaptations of great literature pieces.

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Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)

Not a perfect adaptation by any means, but one with plenty of ambition

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

It’s a brisk adaptation that is much funnier than most. Amy Acker is particularly good as Beatrice, pratfalling and wisecracking like a 1940s screwball heroine.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

An explosion of loviness, with Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Briers, Imelda Staunton and other posh people making up the British side of this comedy of mistaken identities and suppressed affections

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

After Romeo + Juliet, transposing Shakespeare to the halls of American high schools became, like, totally a thing.

Coriolanus (2012)

Ralph Fienne’s directorial debut is a brooding, bloodthirsty take on the tale of a war hero whose optimism and pride turn to cruelty and bitterness as his rivals and self-regard bring him low.

West Side Story (1961)

Romeo and Juliet again, but this time turned into a New York musical with two rival street gangs and Tony, a member of the American gang, falling for Maria, the sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang.

Hamlet (1996)

There are several arguments for the best screen Hamlet. There’s probably quite a big crowd screaming for the Laurence Olivier 1948 version, which won a Best Picture Oscar but is rather stagey and simplifies the play.

Henry V (1944)

You’ve got to have one Laurence Olivier in any Shakespeare list, so it’s this grand, experimental take on Henry V.

Throne Of Blood (1957)

Using the plot but not the text of Macbeth, Akira Kurosawa relocates the Scottish play to feudal Japan.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

You won’t find another Shakespeare adaptation that matches Baz Luhrmann’s for bravado and invention.

 

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Great opening lines in literature

I don’t know if you agree or not, the first lines/pages of a book are vital for me. It makes me decide whether or not I should read that book. Maybe it sounds too judgemental but it is not only me. I’ve been asking this question to my friends for so long that this is almost a general conclusion: If the first lines/pages are catchy, a book survives. 🙂

Sometimes, those lines may get lost in translation. This is a little discouraging for monolingual literature fans. However, this is the topic of another article, isn’t it?

Now, let’s see some great opening lines in literature, compiled by http://www.telegraph.co.uk . You can always read more by clicking the link at the bottom.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

Charles Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (1859)

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“You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by a Mr Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.”

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

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“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)

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“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.”

Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis (1915)

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“All children, except one, grow up.”

J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan (1911)

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“Under certain circumstance there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady (1880)

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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita (1955)

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“Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.”

Albert Camus: The Stranger (1946)

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How Do You Decide to Buy a Book?

Today one of my friends asked me how I generally bought a new book. At first it sounded weird to me. Generally, I just walk into a bookshop, check the recent books, have a look at the best sellers around the world, try to find the books that my friends recommend and go to main literature section. Since I took lessons about literature in university, many American or British writers are quite familiar to me. If I want to try something new, I read the back cover or sometimes just the cover is enough. 🙂 This is me, buying a book.

Then I remembered this interesting article below which is about a 6 year old girl guessing the plot of the books by its cover. 🙂 Maybe it was a good way to judge a book like a few years ago; however, the covers may be confusing these days… Anyway, let’s see how this little girl did! 🙂

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“I think it’s a book about a haunted theme park and it stars a magical magic guy and he’s good and evil and he’s trying to get rid of the ghosts. And I think at the end, since it’s haunted by a ghost, he tried to make the park go on fire and it did.”

 

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“This is about a girl that goes mining. I don’t know why, but she looks like she would go mining, mining for gold.”

 

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“It’s about a person who is a robot, a very colorful robot. He’s pretty fancy for a robot.”

 

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“It looks weird. I think this must be a book about a tree. I would not read a book about just a tree. And it looks like it’s a sad tree too since it has no friends.”

 

Well, sometimes it’s better not to judge the books by its cover! 🙂

 

The source and for more: http://twentytwowords.com/2012/07/23/a-6-year-old-guesses-the-plots-of-classic-novels-based-on-their-covers/

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You Can Utter the Lines of Shakespeare!

I always try to publish articles that are interesting and informative at the same time. Just before weekend, I want to enjoy a couple of lines that resemble to the ones of Shakespeare’s. Here is a very funny chart. You just pick one phrase from each column and combine them together. The outcome sounds like wonderfully embellished lines of the sonets… They generally do not mean something beautiful but give it a try just for fun 🙂

In Turkey, if your field is Foreign Languages in university, you are supposed to study English and American Literature. I took many courses about literature, poetry and Shakespeare. That’s why I wanted to share this with you; this totally amused me when I saw it. Please do not take it as an insult by the way 😦

I also thank Chris Seidel for this great post. I cannot give the link because I came across this on Stumbleupon, I tried to reach to the link but it just did not work…  All I could find was the name of the publisher, Chris 🙂

Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with “Thou”:

Column 1	    Column 2            Column 3 

artless             base-court          apple-john
bawdy               bat-fowling         baggage
beslubbering        beef-witted         barnacle
bootless            beetle-headed       bladder
churlish            boil-brained        boar-pig
cockered            clapper-clawed      bugbear
clouted             clay-brained        bum-bailey
craven              common-kissing      canker-blossom
currish             crook-pated         clack-dish
dankish             dismal-dreaming     clotpole
dissembling         dizzy-eyed          coxcomb
droning             doghearted          codpiece
errant              dread-bolted        death-token
fawning             earth-vexing        dewberry
fobbing             elf-skinned         flap-dragon
froward             fat-kidneyed        flax-wench
frothy              fen-sucked          flirt-gill
gleeking            flap-mouthed        foot-licker
goatish             fly-bitten          fustilarian
gorbellied          folly-fallen        giglet
impertinent         fool-born           gudgeon
infectious          full-gorged         haggard
jarring             guts-griping        harpy
loggerheaded        half-faced          hedge-pig
lumpish             hasty-witted        horn-beast
mammering           hedge-born          hugger-mugger
mangled             hell-hated          joithead
mewling             idle-headed         lewdster
paunchy             ill-breeding        lout
pribbling           ill-nurtured        maggot-pie
puking              knotty-pated        malt-worm
puny                milk-livered        mammet
qualling            motley-minded       measle
rank                onion-eyed          minnow
reeky               plume-plucked       miscreant
roguish             pottle-deep         moldwarp
ruttish             pox-marked          mumble-news
saucy               reeling-ripe        nut-hook
spleeny             rough-hewn          pigeon-egg
spongy              rude-growing        pignut
surly               rump-fed            puttock
tottering           shard-borne         pumpion
unmuzzled           sheep-biting        ratsbane
vain                spur-galled         scut
venomed             swag-bellied        skainsmate
villainous          tardy-gaited        strumpet
warped              tickle-brained      varlot
wayward             toad-spotted        vassal
weedy               unchin-snouted      whey-face
yeasty              weather-bitten      wagtail

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