In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Orang-utan Librarian is hosting the Shakespeare Awards! The closing date to participate and vote is 10 May 2016 (see the original post for more details).
Oooh, tough one…I’d say Hamlet (review) because he was quite a promising young man (bookish, clever, a bit cheeky) only to be swept up by family tragedy and machinations, as well as his own existential crossroads and eventual path for revenge.
As You Like It (review). Touchstone alone gets my vote for anything comedic. And Orlando and Rosalind are so sweet together. Plus, it was hilarious how everyone ended up in the Forest of Arden at the end 😛 All in all, a pretty feel-good play 😀
I’d have to go with Romeo and Juliet (review). Argue what you may about the way it turned out and the rashness/speed in which developments too a turn but it endures for a reason. Re-reading it last year I was startled at how beautiful, romantic, and poetic the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet was.
Best History play
Omg so tough! I have 3 favourites…mmm, I’d have to go with Julius Caesar (review; second review to be posted later this year): the drama! the speeches! the blood! Mark Antony!
I will have to say Sonnet XVII (review) as it speaks of the power of the word and its endurance through time.
Best Film Adaptation
Drats, all my favourite adaptations are stage performances! But I’ll have to go with the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (review) as it was the first adaptation I’ve ever watched and I still love the earnestness of the leads’ performances.
Most Beautiful Language
This took a bit of thinking but Richard II (review) gets my vote for this category. There’s some beautiful passages about kingship and about England here. In addition the play is structurally impressive; the themes, the contrasts, the way the characters are portrayed…I can go on and on about this play (which I will in a few months for the Shakespeare issue of Femnista 😛 )
Measure for Measure (review). I’ve read it twice now (second review to be posted in…July (long story)) and I’m still trying to make sense of some of those storylines.
Henry VIII (review). Dull and clearly reads like a propaganda piece for the new monarch. And did I mention forgettable? When I was counting down the remaining Shakespeare plays left to read last year, I totally forgot about this one :3
If this wasn’t being tallied for awards, I would go on and on with my second and third votes for each category easily 😛 Anyway, what do you think of the plays I mentioned? If you voted, who did you vote for? Let me know, I’d love to chat! 😀