Shakespeare was never my friend in high school. I don’t know how many times I’d been forced to play the part of the nurse from Romeo & Juliet in front of various English classes. I liked Hamlet well enough, but I hated analyzing it for class. The Merchant of Venice had weird discussions to go along with it. There was another one, but I can’t even remember it. The point is, I hated having to read Shakespeare in high school. So what did I do three years after high school? I decided that I’d start making my way through his comedies, starting with As You Like It. However, I accidentally got the wrong title when I was searching and ended up with Much Ado About Nothing – a switch that I’m very glad to have made.
So, a little bit about Much Ado About Nothing, for those who don’t know the story: it’s pretty much what goes right and wrong (all while exercising an [un]desirable about a wit) when trying to pair together or tear apart lovers. The main couples are Beatrice/Benedick (my favorite) and Hero/Claudio. Honestly, it’s great. The lines are hilarious; the situations are hilarious; everything is just perfect. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to read something funny and a little challenging. I had a No Fear Shakespeare book with the original script (which I think is funnier) and the “plain English” version to help when a line or two gets too difficult to unravel.
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