I really don’t understand people’s elitism around Shakespeare, or any of the early modern playwrights really.
Take, for example, Will TNT. Yeah, it’s not accurate, it’s not true, but it’s fun. And if it gets people who otherwise wouldn’t have even thought about it interested, does it matter?
Does it matter if someone starts reading the complete works of Christopher Marlowe because they fancy him in the show? No. They’re still reading it, still learning and appreciating.
I fell in love with the works of William Shakespeare when I was twelve years old. Because I heard/saw something that captured my attention and I wanted to know more.
That “something” was a one man show of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Swedish. I didn’t speak Swedish! But come September, I’m starting a Masters degree in Shakespeare studies. It would be hypocritical of me, of any of us I think, to belittle those who are finding the works of these wonderful playwrights through a tv show.
It’s a fun tv show? I, for one, am watching with enjoyment!