Just about six months ago, I decided to actively work on reading the complete works of Shakespeare. Because I am that big of a nerd. In the last three months, I have read another three plays, which means it is time for another mini review post (you can read my first one here). Overall, I did really enjoy all three plays. They’re ones I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, and I knocked two histories off my list, which I’m pretty happy about.
Henry IV Part I & II
I decided to bunch these into one for the purposes of this review, because I feel pretty much exactly the same about them. Richard II is one of my favorite plays, and these are a continuation of that story, which I was excited about. While I didn’t enjoy them quite as much, I did think they told a great story, and I liked seeing more of what happens after Richard II’s death. I do wish I had revisited Richard II first, because I would have been able to connect the two a bit better, but I still enjoyed these plays. I always thought I’d like the tragedies and comedies much better than the histories, but that isn’t turning out to be the case. And I’m pretty happy about this. If you are planning on reading these plays, I’d say that you definitely have to read both, and I would highly recommend going with Richard II first.
This is actually one of the few Shakespeare plays I’ve seen performed. I also really love She’s the Man – based on Twelfth Night – so I was looking forward to reading this. It did not disappoint. My favorites of Shakespeare’s work (so far), are spread pretty evenly between comedy, tragedy, and history, but I so think this is among my favorite comedies. I really enjoy when Shakespeare challenges societal norms, and this is right up there with Taming of the Shrew in my book.
Out of these three, I’d have to say Twelfth Night was my favorite, but I think I rated all of them four stars. Not my absolute favorites, but I liked them all. Actually, out of the seventeen plays I’ve read so far, the only one I don’t particularly care for is Romeo & Juliet (sorry, it’s Elizabethan insta-love and I have no patience for impulsive teenagers). I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan of the bard.
If you have any suggestions as to what I should read next, let me know (I’m thinking a comedy, since – surprisingly – I have the most of those left to read.