Jul 23, 2011

Falling for Hamlet

Falling for Hamlet
Author: Michelle Ray
Series: ---
Publisher: Poppy
How Received: review copy

Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course.
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It's no secret that I adore Shakespeare. (I'm doing the Shakespeare Reading Challenge for fun.) Hamlet happens to be my favorite Shakespeare play, so when I saw that there was a modern adaption of it, I jumped on it - and when I saw that it starred Ophelia, I was more than intrigued.

Thankfully, I don't have to disown anybody for not doing the Bard justice. Michelle Ray weaves a fantastic tale, staying true to the original story while fleshing out the characters and bringing the plot into a much more relatable story.

One of my favorite bits about this book is how strong a character Ophelia is. Does she go back to Hamlet time and time again? Yes. I mean, he is the prince of Denmark, and she is an impressionable teenage girl, and she is in love with him. But she always tries to do what she thinks is right, even if it means pissing off the Queen and (newly crowned) King.

I loved the development of Horatio as Hamlet and Ophelia's best friend; I think it made a lot of sense, especially with the modern story. Hamlet was as whiny as ever, but watching his progression through the contemporary story and knowing how the classic story was a lot of fun.

I think what I'm impressed most with is how smoothly it managed to translate over to a contemporary story - lots of factors could have hindered it, but Michelle handled it really smoothly while moving it over and I couldn't find a problem with how it was written. I loved how she incorporated the police and talk shows and everything that accompanies modern life - and the scene at the end and how it played out made me laugh and gasp simultaneously.

Overall Rating & Final Comments: 10/10. Loved it as a Shakespeare fan and a fantastic story for people who even only kind of like Shakespeare - and maybe people who don't like it at all.
Cover Comments: I LOVE covers that tie directly into the book, and this one does! Mad props!


9 comments:

  1. Oh, this one sounds great! I love the Shakespeare connection and a good, strong character like Ophelia.
    Mary @ Book Swarm

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  2. I love Shakespeare, so I'll definitely be checking it out. I hadn't heard of it until I saw it here so thanks for putting it on my radar! I hate when authors try to put an old tale into modern times and then completely butcher it so I'm really glad this one didn't.

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  3. I'm on the edge of my seat to read this. I have heard nothing but great reviews of this book.

    P.S. You should watch David Tennant's "Hamlet" he did with Royal Shakespeare Company - the best I have ever seen.

    <3 Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

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  4. I really liked this one too. I liked the interviews the best. Nice review.

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  5. I heard about this one before it came out and I was really intrigued... I was hoping it was good though! Now I think I will try to read it thanks to your good review! :D

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  6. I think everyone who's read this one has loved it. Maybe I should check it out? Thanks for the review!!

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  7. I think this would be a great addition to the school library making Shakespeare ore accessible. AND I want to read it. Great review

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  8. OH! I love modernizing old tales...especially shakespeare :) The only thing I will never agree with that shakespeare wrote had to be Romeo and Juliet...big mistake. They are now gnomes. But, thats another story.

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  9. I've seen the movie Hamlet (2000) with Ethan Hawke and was really disappointed in it so since then I'm carefull with modern adaption.
    Especially because Hamlet is also one of my favorite plays by Shakespeare.
    But if it's good, maybe I'll give it a try ! :)

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