Ophelia: Hamlet through a Female Lens

I like stories told from the woman’s perspective, especially if they shed insight into a familiar story. So when I found out they were filming Ophelia, the story of Hamlet, but with some changes, I was so impatient to see it I rented it the morning of its streaming release. Shakespeare has never been one... Continue Reading →

Not Another Vampire Movie: Dracula Untold

There’s no sense retelling a story if you’re just going to tell it the same way it’s been told before, is there? Remakes and retellings and reimaginings are everywhere right now. On a whole, I’m a fan. I love seeing a classic story or legend given a new setting or a new twist. To me,... Continue Reading →

Taming Things: A Modern Shrew

Stories which last from generation to generation usually do so because they are good, and very few wordsmiths can boast more longevity than William Shakespeare himself. This means he often updated to a modern setting. Because Shakespeare was writing over five centuries ago, it’s inevitable that public attitudes towards many things have changed and contemporary... Continue Reading →

Troy

Troy was a story I thought I understood. A bunch of men in armor charge up on a beach, spend ten years parked at the base of a city trying to get in, and eventually breach the walls through Odysseus’ trick of a big wooden horse full of military men. Simple. Tragic. Devastating. A story... Continue Reading →

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Pride and Prejudice is a timeless classic, and the basis for many of today’s romcoms. Boy meets girl, boy offends girl, girl hates boy, girl inspires boy to become a better man, boy and girl live happily ever after. There have been countless updated retellings. Countless. You Got Mail is by far one of the... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen, Unrelatable? As If!

When Autumn de Wilde’s adaptation of Emma came out in 2020, several of my friends noted to me, “This is the same plot as Clueless!” I’ve earned a reputation among my friend group as the resident Jane Austen fan, and most of my attempts to persuade them classics are cool got dismissed. We were in... Continue Reading →

True Hero: Quest for Camelot

King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, Camelot, Excalibur… These episodes from English history are steeped in legends. But what do we really know about them? Camelot is a castle and court associated with the legendary King Arthur. The Round Table is King Arthur’s famed board, around which he and his knights congregated. As its... Continue Reading →

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