Quote Challenge- Shakespeare Style: Day 5

Yup- I’m still going with this! Hope all my fellow brits are having a fun bank holiday!

As many of you might already know, I’m doing an extended version of this so I can thank everyone who tagged me. Here are my altered rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days however long it takes
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Today I’d like to thank the Sherlockianbooklover for tagging me! I’m really excited to thank her cos she was one of the first people I ever followed on here and I’ve always loved her posts! Since she’s a huge Sherlock fan, here’s one of Shakespeare’s more mind-blowing quotes:

hamlet quoteThat’s all for now- I tag:

Laurenest

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Ana

The (Three Day) Quote Challenge Continues: Day 4

I did warn you, didn’t I? This is going to go on a bit longer than 3 days, because as I said I still want to thank the other bloggers who tagged me. So here are my altered rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days however long it takes
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

And yes, you guessed it- this will still be Shakespeare Style– because I’m still celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare! (For anyone that wants to vote on their favourite/least favourite plays, my Shakespeare Awards are still up and running 🙂 )

Thank you so much to Vivi Heart Books– the incredible blogger who tagged me to do this! Her blog is so much fun and I love hearing all her thoughts about books!! She’s great for book recommendations too!

For such a wonderfully wide reader, I’ve decided to go with a beautiful quote from Richard II:

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I TAG:

Sublime Reads

Book Dwarf

A Novel Glimpse

The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag

Happy May Day!  (Is that today or tomorrow? Either way- hope you have a good one). Since even the weather seems to agree it’s spring today (it’s been a bit erratic lately) I think it’s the perfect time to do this tag! Thank you so much to The Bookish Underdog for tagging me to do it! I really enjoy her blog- so you should check it out!

In keeping with my (a bit obsessive) Shakespeare theme of late, I thought it would be fun (for me, if no one else :p ) to answer this all with just Shakespeare plays.

THE RULES:

  • Answer the questions for the tag
  • Nominate whoever you want
  • Post the image of this tag
  • Have fun! (My favourite rule!)

spring-has-sprung

  1. Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

Well I do have a lot of editions of Shakespeare- but I like my RSC version best 🙂

rsc book

  1. Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

I mentioned this in my Shakespeare Awards– my least favourite is The Tempest– but very few people agree with me on that. I get it, I get it, the language is great- it’s just the plot and the concept that I don’t like at all.

  1. Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

That’s a hard one because even when Shakespeare is happy and comic, there’s always an edge to it. I think Twelfth Night is a lot of fun (unless you stop and think about Malvolio’s treatment in the play)

Twelfth Night – Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance

  1. Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

Macbeth is one of the most exciting of Shakespeare’s work and it can really get the heart pumping

  1. Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Well I think Shakespeare can be a little predictable, because the plots are so famous, so it’s a bit of a tough one to answer. For a play that’s unpredictable in a good way, I’d say Romeo and Juliet, because it’s designed as a comedy and then it gets flipped on its head. I’d say Measure for Measure is pretty unpredictable because the plot and the genre is a bit all over the place. It’s just plain weird.

romeo and juliet

  1. Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

Well, King Lear is hard to get through because it’s so heavy.

  1. Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

Firstly- isn’t that sounding familiar to residents of the UK right now! I mean it was literally *snowing* the other day- AT THE END OF APRIL?!? (yes this is the second time in this post I’ve mentioned the weather- I’m a Brit- complaining about the climate is what we do best). As for my answer, I couldn’t finish (don’t hate me) was Henry IV part 2. I know it’s a really popular one, but I really wasn’t enjoying it. But the version I was watching is available on IPlayer again, so I’m trying to remedy this now!

The Hollow Crown

  1. Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

Well I would have liked it if Shakespeare had finished all his Histories- I would have liked more of that collection

  1. Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

I still haven’t read/watched Much Ado About Nothing yet, but I have a copy of Kenneth Branagh’s version and I’ve heard it’s wonderful, so I’m really looking forward to it

much ado

  1. Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

This is a super weird one to answer because I don’t always find Shakespearean characters that relatable (I mean, you’d probably be worried if I said I identified with Iago or Macbeth or Richard III!) So I’m going to flip the question on its head and say the one that makes me feel the most conflicted is The Merchant of Venice– everyone in it is horrible and not at all relatable- and yet it has one of the most empathetic speeches for a villain known to man (Hath not a Jew eyes…)

  1. Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Does anyone ever feel that safe reading Shakespeare? It can be pretty unsettling and thought provoking, but rarely safe. I will tentatively go with Othello because I like the predictability of it and how Iago is written as a villain- he’s probably the least sympathetic villains ever written but he’s somewhat perfect because he’s straight up evil and one of the easiest villains to understand (in my opinion- many scholars will disagree with me on this- but I say that because the ability of envy to inspire hatred and spiral out of control is very common human phenomenon)

iago othello

  1. Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

All of them! Okay, okay, that’s cheating- I’m going to go with Hamlet– I think that’s one of the more impressive ones, one of the most successful and one of the deepest in terms of meaning. In terms of Shakespeare’s other writing, an honorary mention goes out to My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun because in my opinion it’s the perfect example of a sonnet in that it sets up an idea only to flip it on its head in the last couplet- genius!

  1. Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

That’s hard because as I’ve said, I don’t think Shakespeare’s plays are ever that simple. And I also have a gap in knowledge of the comedies. So I’m going to tentatively go with Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hope you all enjoyed that! Do you all agree with my choices? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!

I TAG:

Codie

Kat

My Tiny Obsessions

Aneta

Zezee

Embuhlee

Sublime reads

The Book Llama

Rebecca @ Books and Messy Buns 

Bitches with books

Three Day Quote Challenge- Shakespeare Style: Day 3

Woohoo I made it to day 3!!! Because I am super strapped for time I’m  super strapped for time, I’m not gonna go into the whole long schpiel of why I’m doing this (you can read about it here, here and here :p ) I’m just gonna get on with it!

Here are my (altered) rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days however long it takes
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

So firstly a huge thank you to Words and Lyrics for tagging me to do this! She writes some really lovely posts- her artwork for her latest post was awesome!- and because of that I’m choosing a stunning quote from Romeo and Juliet:

stars romeo and juliet

Hope you liked that (incredibly brief) post- I tag:

Napoleon split

Calliope

Keira

3 Day Quote Challenge- Shakespeare Style: Day 2

Alrighty then- welcome to the second day of my (overlong) Shakespearean quote challenge! As people that read my post yesterday know, I’m doing the quote challenge thanking everybody that tagged me individually. Oh and it’s gonna be Shakespeare themed cos in case you don’t know I’m running Shakespeare Awards where you can vote for your favourite Shakespeare!

Here are my (altered) rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days however long it takes
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

So thank you so much to Bibliophile for tagging me to do it! And first off, let me just say that name is great- because don’t we all love books? And secondly I’m really impressed with how good this blog is considering how young Nikita is! Well done!

And because she’s wise beyond her years, here’s a great Shakespearean quote about wisdom:

wise man quote

Hope you liked that! I tag:

Sara Letourneu

Sarina

Art and Soul

3 Day Quote Challenge- Shakespeare Style: Day 1

Hope you all enjoyed my post the other day- just to remind you the votes are still open for Shakespeare Awards- so if haven’t let me know your favourites you can still do so here. And since I’m still feeling the Shakespeare I figured it would be fun to do a Shakespeare-themed 3 day quote challenge!

I was tagged to do this so many times that I don’t just want to thank everyone in one big lump, so I’ve decided I’m going to thank everyone that tagged me one at a time. That means I won’t actually be done after three days- so here are my (amended) rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days however many days it takes
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day

So firstly a huge thank you goes out to the awesome Bookmark Chronicles for tagging me to do this- I really enjoy her blog- particularly her awesome This or That section- I really recommend you check it out 🙂

And cos her posts are so fun, here’s a fun Macbeth quote:

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Hope you enjoyed that and are getting in the mood for Shakespeare’s 400th Deathday (that’s still weird, isn’t it?)

I tag:

She Latitude

Bookshelves and Biros

Books and Bakes

 

The Shakespeare Awards

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Yes I know I am seriously late to this party- so late that the cake has probably gone stale and all the guests have already left- but how could I not celebrate William Shakespeare’s 452nd Birthday/400th Deathday??? (Okay, the second one’s a little weird- and technically that’s next week, but whatever)

Originally I was just gonna publish my faves and be done with it- but then I thought it would be fun if *everyone* joined in. And thus the Shakespeare Awards were born (*whoo silent cheer*). Basically, there are ten categories where you can vote for your favourite/least favourite Shakespeare play. I’ll count up all the votes and then post the results on here!

So here be the rules:

  1. If you would like to cast a vote, write it in the comments or in your own post (but make sure you link back to me (The Orangutan Librarian) or your vote won’t be counted!)
  2. You can answer for as many categories as you like but only one vote per category as many times as you like (yes I changed the rules cos I’m a rule breaker).
  3. The arbitrary closing date I have picked is Monday 9th of May

And that’s it! Here are the categories, with my votes for each of them:

most tragic1. King Lear– because it is the only one to have ever made me cry- I watched McKellen’s magnificent performance online somewhere and was a wreck afterwards!

best comedy

2. Midsummer’s Night’s Dreamcos it’s got a bit of an edge to it- plus who doesn’t love (semi-evil) fairies?

most romantic shakespeare

3. Romeo and Julietyes it’s a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. Plus it’s got a bit of misdirection going on, because it starts out in the comic fashion and then subverts everything into a tragedy.

most entertaining4. Macbeth– c’mon- this one gave us the three witches- it’s a no brainer. And it’s got some fun/freaky superstitions around it for actors.

best history

5. Richard III– for a long time this was just my outright favourite play- it’s so twisted (like Richard III’s spine- yes I just went there)

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6. Like as the waves… Just cos.

best film adaptation

7. Al Pacino’s Merchant– I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this play- but Pacino makes everything, even a play as problematic as this, better.

most beautiful language

8. Richard II– cos that Hollow Crown speech is insane

weirdest

9. Measure for Measure– the plot in this one makes no sense, the characters are mad and the genre flip flops back and forth! It’s safe to say this is one of the weirdest plays ever written.

most unpopular

10. Tempest– okay, okay, this one isn’t technically the most unpopular- and I suspect it’s a lot of people’s favourite- but I have just *never* liked this play. Someone I met once summarised this as: Prospero says “look at me, I can do magic… but I won’t”. (When I told an English teacher that they were horrified- but I still think it’s terribly accurate).

Alright- hope you enjoyed that- and now, *drumroll please*, over to you!