Oh, this was not a toughie for me this month. Usually, when Calendar Girls comes around with their epic themes, I’m like, OH NO. THERE ARE TOO MANY BOOKS. I CAN’T DECIDE. However, this month? Yeah, no, favorite Shakespeare play was not a hard one, since I like so few Shakespeare plays. That’s right, Belle would not be very proud of me, since I’m not the biggest Shakespeare fan. His words and writing style are just too complex for my fluffy brain.
However, there is one play that did stand out in particular, that was one that I always knew I would heart eyes forever and it is…
Much Ado About Nothing
The action is set in Sicily, where Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, has recently defeated his half-brother, the bastard Don John, in a military engagement. Apparently reconciled, they return to the capital, Messina, as guests of the Governor, Leonato. There Count Claudio, a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro’s army, falls in love with Hero, Leonato’s daughter, whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf. The play’s central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage, causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly, at the altar.
This play was fun. It had comedy, it had adorable ships, and it was a play I could actually understand. That’s right – IT DIDN’T GO OVER MANDY’S HEAD. CAN WE GET A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT? Omgiosh, Benedick and Beatrice are the ultimate haters-to-lovers ship, and it’s just absurdly hilarious at how Shakespeare manages to convince them to be their OTPs. There is so much sexual tension that is brilliant. I hearts them. Deeply.
And it’s just funny. There are a lot of things that are pretty humorous about it today. There is no weird talking to someone dead father’s skull or out, out damn spot! No, it’s just pure fun and playing with romance and relationships. It’s got great characters, great storylines, and great lines.
Plus, Beatrice is the ultimate master of sass. I mean, here are a few of her best lines:
“I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger.
‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.”
“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”
Girl has talent. Therefore, she has my heart. Can we see now why I’m so excited for Speak Easy, Speak Love? IT IS A RETELLING OF THIS BRILLIANCE. Come onnnnnn, September.
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