For a challenge here on Goodreads, I just watched the classic Romeo and Juliet film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, which I haven't seen since high sch...moreFor a challenge here on Goodreads, I just watched the classic Romeo and Juliet film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, which I haven't seen since high school, and then reread Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which I also haven't read since high school. I thought the film did a great job of making the story accessible and very understandable. I'm sure what they showed us in high school was an edited version because I don't remember that much skin in the bedroom scene! Also, the film cut out much more of the play than I originally realized - even the deaths of several characters. I like being able to experience Shakespeare's words both ways - reading them myself (sometimes aloud) and in the film. I would love to now go see a production of the play! I also want to re-watch West Side Story and Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio.
As far as the play itself, I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I did in high school. It's just too tragic! I do LOVE Shakespeare's words, though. I also find it interesting that Shakespeare didn't worry about spoilers. He tells you the tragic ending in the prologue!(less)
We had to read this in high school, and I don't remember particularly liking it. But I didn't dislike it, either. The concept of the picture that chan...moreWe had to read this in high school, and I don't remember particularly liking it. But I didn't dislike it, either. The concept of the picture that changes when you don't has been something I've thought of off and on over the years. Just very interesting.(less)
I first started to read this in high school, not long after reading and loving The Hobbit and all of The Lord of the Rings. But this one didn't catch...moreI first started to read this in high school, not long after reading and loving The Hobbit and all of The Lord of the Rings. But this one didn't catch my interest, and I wasn't sad to have to return it before the end of the school year. I never went back to it - until I needed to read five books I have been dreading to read for a challenge in one of my groups here on GR.
In attempting to read this a second time, it again didn't immediately catch my attention. I was seldom completely drawn in. I often found my mind wandering off to think other thoughts while my eyes kept reading. I would come back having read an entire page yet not remembering any of it and have to go back and reread.
There were some stories that caught my interest, but then the narrative would too quickly move on to something else. It felt a lot like when I was reading the Newbery honor book, The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. And I guess that's appropriate since this is giving the mythology of the elves and Middle Earth. Both are books that many people have absolutely loved, but for me they are the type of book I only want to read once in a while. I'm glad to have read this, but I'm also glad I won't ever have to read it again! (less)