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I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare Rating: 3.5 Stars I rarely use the term "silly bitch" but I shall use it now and apply it to pretty much everyone in this play. The things Romeo and Juliet do with the support of the misguided adults around them is both incredibly fascinating and ridiculous.Don't get me wrong, I think Romeo and Juliet is a truly great play. It's entertaining and has the perfect balance for a stage performance. I unfortunately had to read this for school, which means I also had to analyse it and the crap that my course layered on top of it was baffling at times. However, I really like the letter A. This means I had to keep the majority of my ranting opinions out of my assignments. So I've decided to put all that analyse to good work and put everything I held back into this review.I think Shakespeare got his characters pretty dead on. Although I never ever agreed with the actions of Romeo and Juliet I could identify that there are indeed teenagers who think death is the ultimate solution to every problem, who think they've "fallen in love" at first sight, who commit their hearts foolishly, will do anything to have some sexy time, and don't understand the concept of "foresight". I also think there are plenty of adults who would aid in their delusions because of delusions of their own. Raging hormones and misguidedness are not inventions of a modern era. Needless to say, I didn't read this play as any sort of romance like some of my classmates did, I read it as a tragedy. Destiny is a big theme throughout the play and it's incredibly sad that a violence between families then birthed love which only ended in death. (I will get to the death bit in a second). Love does not concur all. This isn't a fairy tale, it isn't romantic, it is sad and maddening because it was not just death, but pointless death. I also don't doubt for a moment that Shakespeare knew how foolishly his characters were acting and over time I think we've almost altered his intent with our romanticism of love+death= jadhfadhfnak. Now onto the pointlessness of the death to which was very pointless indeed. Poor Paris. Poor unfortunate Paris! The one guy who was just happy to be getting with the girl he liked and had no idea what he was stepping into. Then BAM! dead. And of course there was Romeo and Juliet. Whatever, I feel bad for Paris. When I neared the end of the play I started thinking, what would have my reaction been to the ending had I not known so much about the play going into it? I'm really rather curious what experiencing that would have been like. Part of the interest of this play is all the obvious foreshadowing throughout each act, but if I was part of an unknowing audience I would have seen the foreshadowing and yet still hoped for a happy ending. I think it would have been more powerful a conclusion had it not been unavoidably spoiled for me through its cultural significance. On a completely different note, I don't think I've mentioned it, but this is my first Shakespeare play. I was happy to see that I picked up the pacing and new words pretty well and knew what was going on without having to consult the definitions guide every couple lines. I'm going to be challenging myself to read all of his plays because in a city with a huge three month long yearly Shakespeare festival (Bard on the Beach, 24 years running) those bragging rights could very well come in handy. After this I am seriously looking forward to reading more Shakespeare and seeing what else he has to offer. Does anyone have any favourites I should pick up next? I have a long list and lots of free time after completing this English course.