shakespeare retellings

Things I want from a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet:

- Everyone is dressed in traditional costuming, but the script is in modern English.
- “Romeo, Romeo, why the FUCK did you have to be ROMEO?”
- Juliet talks like a rich white valley girl and wears a flower crown.
- She keeps taking inappropriately timed selfies and posting them on instagram.
- Tybalt won’t stop talking about his crossfit regime.
- Romeo only listens to My Chemical Romance.
- Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech is followed by Benvolio asking “Are you high right now?” (He is)
- Mercutio dabs on stage. Unironically. More than once.
- When the boys are all catcalling Nurse it’s super cringy.
- instead of “a sail! A sail!” You get “Hey Fatass!” “Fatass? I just see a boat!” “Weigh anchor! You’re gonna break the docks, Fatass!”
- Tybalt also dabs on stage, exactly twice.
- The first time is awful and his friends have to correct him.
- Tybalt dabs at Mercutio and Mercutio responds by doing a backflip and ending in a dab.
- The Tybalt/Mercutio fight is an absolutely serious dancebattle with no weapons.
- Mercutio still dies anyway.
- Tybalt tries to dance battle Romeo too, but Romeo keeps taking it too seriously and not dancing back.
- This is because Romeo only knows how to ballroom dance.
- Paris wears a trillby and calls it a fedora.
- Juliet Snapchats her own death.
- Romeo doesn’t have Snapchat.


Omfg, Jamie Campbell Bower is playing CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE in this new rockstar-retelling of Shakespeare’s life and??? I want it so bad???

Just please don’t tell me they make Marlowe straight or I WILL freak the fuck out

You can be as historically inaccurate as you want with your pretty costumes but DO NOT straightwash Marlowe like you did Da Vinci in that other show, DO NOT

bisexualnasa  asked:

Also,are there any queer girls book that is shakespeare adaption or has shakespeare taste???? Thanks! (It is a weird ask but i need to knoooow)

Aaaaah, OMG, this is the best ask! *is the hugest Shakespeare nerd* 

Unfortunately I don’t really have much for you, which is really sad because there is so much potential for queer Shakespeare retellings. Most of these I haven’t read either, so I can’t give you my personal recommendations. I asked the people in the fab YA LGBT Book Goodreads group for help.

Rosemary and Juliet by Judy Maclean

robintalley has a new book coming out in 2016 called As I Descended which is a re-telling of Macbeth. (I AM SO EXCITED.) You can learn more about it here.

And I’m going to rec some adaptations of other classics as well:

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (The Odyssey)

Great by Sara Benincasa (The Great Gatsby)

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (The Myth of Persephone)

Seven: A Lesbian Snow White by Jennifer Diemer

And of course Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella)

Lastly, I know you’re looking for books, but I’d also like to recommend Nothing Much to Do which is a vlog re-telling of Much Ado About Nothing, much like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And while it doesn’t have any queer girls, there are some queer guys, and in their recently confirmed second season Lovely Little Losers (aka Love’s Labour’s Lost), it looks like Costard and Jaqunetta will be re-imagined as queer girls.

SO. I hope this helps! I’m really sorry we didn’t have anything else. If you want to expand on “Shakespeare taste” I might be able to help you there. But seriously, queer Shakespeare re-tellings are now on my wishlist for queer YA— I need this in my life.


classic/cliche plots/stories i’m always a slut for

  • pride and prejudice!!!!!!!!
  • romeo and juliet
  • macbeth
  • actually any shakespeare retelling
  • phantom of the opera
  • beauty and the beast
  • hades and persephone
  • heathers (stfu i’m counting it)

show me a story or plot based on any of these and 99% of the time i’ll be down

vichappens  asked:

Many people have given ratings on the song of achilles regarding it's accuracy and possible 'mischaracterization', how do you feel about that?

As a Classicist and a teacher, I love to hear that it’s sparking debate!  I also love that people feel attached enough to these stories that they want to see them done “right,” ie, the way they imagine it!   

The truth is, that there is no “right” version of a myth–they live by retelling. Almost as soon as the Iliad and Odyssey were composed, they were being retold, recast, reimagined, and changed.  There are so many different versions of these stories–and that’s only the fraction that have survived.  There were thousands upon thousands.  I wanted to write back to the Iliad, but never to replicate it.  I drew on lots of different versions of these stories from lots of different eras–the figure of Pyrrhus was inspired by the Aeneid, and Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare amazing retelling (so dark and angry and funny), also was an inspiration.

So even though Homer’s poems were my bedrock, I definitely felt free to make changes, and some of those were some of the best choices I made.  Not because the Iliad was wrong in any way, but because the changes worked best for my particular story.  For instance, I’m thinking of Briseis–who became a pillar of the last part of the book for me.  In the Iliad she has a much more circumscribed role, and she’s also a princess.  But I wanted to hear from a farmer’s daughter–someone who was pure collateral damage in this war. She has a fierce intellect, and Patroclus comes to value and admire her immensely.

I wanted to call and talk about some books that I have that I'm excited to read

I wanted to call and talk about some books that I have that I’m excited to read because I don’t have anyone around at the moment to be excited with.

There’s three of them the first one is called The Sharing Knife: Beguilement-volume 1 And I know I’m excited to read this one because in my dream ,well it was it was a tiny part of my dream, that somehow this was the third book in the series that I can start to read it as like. Oh no, so I read a different series by this author that I really like so I hope this one is good, too. 

The second one is Hagseed  by Margaret Atwood and Margaret Atwood is cool. And I like the concept of- this is part of a series of books that are a modern retelling of Shakespeare. This one is a modern retelling of The Tempest. And I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, but I do like retellings in general. So I hope that this one is good.

 And the third one is called Every Heart a Doorway. And honestly the only thing I know about this book. I mean I know the basic premise, but the only reason I’ve heard of it is because apparently there’s an asexual spectrum character, and I’m asexual and so if you follow asexual blogs, like I do, you hear about all of every book that gets published within an asexual character. So this one sounded like it was probably pretty good, and that’s good enough for me, but yes, I have these books. I’m excited to read them. Goodbye


Asexuals in Writing

Lyssa Chiavari is an author of speculative fiction for children and teens, including the upcoming FOURTH WORLD trilogy, a young adult sci-fi adventure set on Mars. She has also written several pieces of short fiction, and is the editor of PERCHANCE TO DREAM, a young adult collection of Shakespeare retellings. Lyssa lives with her family and way too many animals in the woods of Northwest Oregon, which suits her just fine; except it actually doesn’t rain there as much as you’ve been told, and she really could do with more rain, thanks.

Both of those sound awesome to me, but let’s get to our very first asexuals in writing feature interview!

What do you identify as?

I identify as asexual and gray-biromantic.

Who is asexual in your story and how do they identify?

My upcoming YA trilogy (the first book, Fourth World, is due to release this fall) is told in alternating perspective between a boy named Isaak, who’s one of the first generation of kids to be born on Mars after it’s colonized by people from Earth, and a girl named Nadin. One of Nadin’s major storylines across the three books is realizing that she is asexual—that it’s a thing, that she’s not broken, and that it’s normal for her to feel the way she does. Along the way, she forges a connection with Isaak, who is demisexual. Of course, there are lots of other adventures in store for them (it is Mars, after all), but it was important for me to include characters like myself, because representation of aces is so rare, especially in young adult fiction, where most people can only name one or two major examples.

Even though Fourth World is the one that deals most prominently with discovering one’s identity and asexuality as a label, most of my stories feature ace and/or aro characters and storylines. For example, I edited a YA anthology of Shakespeare adaptations called Perchance to Dream, which releases at the end of June, and my own story in the book, a retelling of The Tempest, includes a queerplatonic relationship between my two heroines. I have also written a few other short stories that are currently out on submission with ace protagonists. Being ace (and bi, and gray-romantic) is such a major part of my existence, and I decided awhile ago that I wanted to write what was true to myself, rather than just focusing on what other people expected. I feel like my writing has improved since, so I’m definitely happy with that choice.

What did you want to get right about your representation?

The most important thing to me is to write stories that feel “true” to me. Some of my stories, like Fourth World, include a “coming out” subplot; but most of them, the characters just are, and it’s totally fine for them and everyone else. I absolutely think that “coming out” stories are important, but it’s also beneficial to me to have stories where people are just themselves and it’s a thing that’s normal. I spent so much of my life thinking something was wrong with me. I think a lot of it could have been avoided if I’d seen more characters like myself in fiction, so that’s my goal in writing what I do.

Any other comments?

I just want to say thank you for running this blog and this series, and to everyone who’s reading and who is interested in asexual representation in fiction. Things have improved so much in the last ten years, when realizing I was ace was akin to a social death sentence and the only alternative was to shove myself back in the closet for a decade and pretend to be “like everyone else.” I never would have imagined, back then, that there would be resources like this and Asexual Artists, places where I could meet not just other aces, but other ace writers—I’ve even made a group of friends who all write sci-fi and fantasy, and we’re opening a blog soon where we talk about our experiences as aces and writers. I could never have dreamed that there’d be a world where asexual stories would be wanted. I just hope that our stories will help other aces feel comfortable in their skin and make people realize that we’re not robots or sideshow spectacles—we’re normal people, just like anyone else!

Perchance to Dream is set to release June 30th and Fourth World should be out in November. I know I’ll be eagerly waiting for them both and I hope you check them out too. Check out her website to learn more about Lyssa Chiavari or follow her on twitter and tumblr.