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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it's pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn't write Mean Girls. But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama--and heroic hilarity--of the classic teen comedy rendered with the wit, flair, and iambic pentameter of the Bard. Our heroine Cady disgui ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Quirk Books (first published 2019)
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Justin Tate
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Shakespearean language is the perfect fit for Mean Girls. I've often fantasized of iambic pentameter returning to fashion. These Quirk Book mashups may be as close as it gets, but I'm not disappointed. Like Shakespeare, it's best to experience this performed and I have to say the full cast audiobook nails it. The only way to read this book, in my opinion.

If it seems like a gimmick, it is, but a really really really well-done gimmick. I like that some original Shakespeare is peppered i
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, quirk-books
I received this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.

OMG this book was hilarious! Mean Girls is one of my all time favorite movies so I was so excited to read this book.

This book is basically the entire Mean Girls movie turned into a Shakespearean play. The author did an amazing job translating it into a Shakespeare play. All the iconic lines (“You go Glen Coco!”, “The limit does not exist”, etc.) were given a Shakespeare makeover. Even “Jingle Bell R
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy courtesy of a Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review a book for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

Omigosh, this was so much fun. I want to go binge watch this movie again and bask in its iconicness again. This totally is exactly how you thought it would go with Shakespeare and Mean Girls fun.

This story is honestly if Mean Girls takes place
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-tbr
This is by far the most entertaining way to read Shakespeare.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On Wednesdays we wear...Ruffs?

For this to be a successful read, you should really love two things: Shakespeare and Mean Girls. Yep, this is a wonderfully funny and sly homage to Mean Shakespearean English.

There are some sly Easter Eggs for fans of the movie - punny uses of Fey and fey for example and The Bard's wit seems to mesh perfectly with the film's wit.

The story is funny and well told and, yes, I think Will would have gotten a kick out of the drama, betrayals and tragedy of...hi
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, physical-2019
What a fun read! I adore this movie so much so reading it like a Shakespeare play was amazing.

Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book! ❤️
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to start listening to these plays. They are hilarious and fun and such a creative way of reexamining Shakespeare and pop culture classics.

The full cast audio is brilliant. Everyone does a great job and you can tell the different actors really well. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable.

The one thing about this adaptation, I thought a lot of the narration and asides were confusing. I know it was in lieu of the voice over in the movie but it was difficult to translate to the
Sydney S
Extremely creative and funny, but not one I'll be recommending. Very impressive writing skills, and I'm sure it was really difficult to write, but it was also difficult to stay focused and read for a solid hour. I have a decent understanding and respect for Shakespeare, but I think I have a little bit of a trigger problem with him after two semesters of cram-reading his plays and sonnets. This would be a great coffee table book, but I wouldn't recommend reading it like you would any other book. ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings, humor, poetry
Necessary? No.
Funny and entertaining? Yes.

“On Wednesdays, we array ourselves in pink!”

Thanks to Netgalley and Quirk Books for the ARC
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ian Doescher is basically a genius and I'm obsessed with pretty much everything Quirk Books publishes!
Doescher has an entire series devoted to pop culture retellings iambic pentameter.  Yes, you read that right!  Classic films like Mean Girls, Clueless, Back to the Future, and even Star Wars are retold in Shakespearean iambic pentameter, adding a quirky spin on pop culture history.

What more can I say?  If reading Shakespeare plays in school bored you - this won't.

It's all here:  Jealous an
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Extremely funny! I did not expect this book to be as good as it is. There are a lot of references to other Shakespeare plays and the author plays with the original movie really well.
I don’t know if it will be as funny to someone who does not know both some Shakespeare plays and the movie "Mean Girls" — but I definitely recommend it to everyone who is a fan of both!
The Batman
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars, rounded up to four. Unfortunately, Mean Girls in iambic pentameter is still Mean Girls.
Samantha Colwell
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I was shocked and amazed at how well the words of my beloved bard melded into every line of Mean Girls. I laughed, I took frequent screen shots, I sent lines to everyone I could think of—this adaption is clever, hilarious, and so satisfying. The translated sketches are also a nice touch, making the Slam Book look like a witch’s book of shadows in a high school Shakespeare textbook. I bought a copy of this already because I knew I needed to own it for posterity, so that should be a glowing review ...more
Alicia Herrington
Librarian: Question, how do you get kids interested in learning the basics of Shakespearean literature? How do you get them to understand the idea of iambic pentameter, or get them introduced to the way that Shakespearean language sounds, or how it looks on the page? Well, if you're Ian Doescher, you take classic films and rewrite them into plays that read exactly as they would if the Bard himself had written them.
Many students actively resist the idea of studying Shakespeare. They think that hi
Rachel Bridgeman
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november
Cleverly melding classic playwriting with a modern classic movie, Ian has created a really funny and witty reproduction. It reads exactly like the plays you remember-and probably dreaded-at school and is illustrated throughout. For those who might be put off, fear not, it may be set out like a play but as you read, you inevitably see the entire film play out in your mind's personal cinema.

Basically it's like reading a screenplay!

''Pink is the pigment of a welcomed soul.
Pink is the cheek that blu
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
I think it's meant more for fans of "Mean Girls" who like/can tolerate iambic pentameter than it is for Shakespeare fans. I've never seen "Mean Girls", so got a few references, but some went over my head. Still, I think the idea is clever, and i would probably read another one of his mashups. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
'Tis fairly fetch. Cute "retelling" of Mean Girls as a Shakespeare play. This is literally the movie Mean Girls, written in Shakespearean language, set as a play. I appreciated the afterword which explained some of the pentameter, some of the themes to look for and why they are reminiscent of early works. I loved finding bits of "hidden" references within the lines (Many from Much Ado About Nothing). I liked that each girl was reminiscent of an actual character from a play.

Some lines were absol
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quirk Books for sending me a review copy of this highly entertaining book! In the same vein as the Shakespeare Star Wars series, Ian Doescher repackages the classic film Mean Girls in iambic pentameter and Shakespearean language, with very funny results. As a bit of a Shakespeare nerd who is relatively familiar with that language, I found this to be often hilarious and a very easy read. This will probably appeal to others who can navigate Shakespearean language and don't mind an irreve ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The only thing in life I love more than wine is books, but Shakespeare and Mean Girls are both quite high on my list as well. Having both combined is a fantastic treat, and I love the fact that it feels performance-ready. Though the translation isn't always flawless, the overall experience is a delightful one that I recommend to anyone whose passions include the Plastics and the Bard. ...more
Julie ~ thecaffeinatedreader

I'm always impressed by the innovative ideas some people come up with. Mean Girls in iambic pentameter? Hilarious! This book combines two things I love: Shakespeare and the chick flick classic "Mean Girls". This book was right up my alley and I can't wait to find a place on my bookshelf for it next to the collected works of the Bard of Avon (so he'll be in good company there).
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine the entire Mean Girls movie written out like a Shakespeare play complete with the language and rhythms you would expect from William Shakespeare. That’s Much Ado About Mean Girls. It’s utterly fabulous. It’s so funny and reads very quickly. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Shakespeare and enjoyed Mean Girls.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parodies
such fun to read!
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I watched this movie just to read the book. Backwards I know, but I’ve never seen this before.

Anyway, the book was hilarious and spot on.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit
By my troth, a book I've not seen before.
A twist upon my teenage film int'rests
With good humor and wit it doth adorn
My senses and pleaseth me so, I say
Do pick up this good book of Sir Doescher
And enjoy the Plastics in this new form!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this! It is so clever, well written, and captures both elements of Shakespeare and Mean Girls!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
A fun adaptation of Mean Girls set in Shakespearean prose. I listed to the audiobook, and had a really enjoyable time envisioning this cult classic in the time of Shakespeare. As I was listening I kept wondering if the author had gone far enough in the adaptation. There were several instance where the contemporary jokes didn't quite land in iambic pentameter, and I thought maybe the author should have adapted further to bring the joke into the time period he was writing from. Pantaloons or petti ...more
The minute I saw this title offered on Netgalley, I put in a request, and I was delighted when it was granted. How could I wait til the release date? It is the book I never knew I always wanted. A hilarious modern movie meets my love of Shakespeare? Perfect! And frankly, it really is kind of perfect. If you've seen Mean Girls, you know the plot (the connection of Much Ado specifically is pretty tenuous). The book seems to follow the movie very closely. So the charm is in the language, and how it ...more
Caitlyn DeRouin
As a lover of Mean Girls (more so the musical than the film, though I did grow up watching the film) and an intense lover of Shakespeare, this was right up my alley. A quick and easy read but thoroughly entertaining, especially if you know the film frame by frame. It was so interesting to see how the author translated Mean Girls to classic Shakespearian text, I also enjoyed the references to some of my favorite Shakespeare plays (especially Regina saying "If I be waspish, best beware my sting" a ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This booketh wast truly a excit'ment and unique taketh on cullionly girls. I did want to giveth t a did shoot coequal though i’ve nev'r been able to standeth shakespearean writing, but i genuinely did enjoy reading this booketh! this booketh is fantastic to readeth if 't be true thee needeth a valorous chuckle :)
(Now for my normal review 😂)
This book was truly a fun and unique take on Mean Girls. I wanted to give it a shot even though I’ve never been able to stand Shakespearean writing, but I ge
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a combination of two things that I truly love: Shakespeare and Mean Girls. I expect that many others will feel the same extreme draw towards it. It is brilliantly written, with great respect for both Shakespeare and Mean Girls. In fact, it basically transcribes the movie line for line into Shakespearean language. It is a fun read. You can almost hear the actors' voices while reading. The author did a great job of maintaining the characters' voices within the Shakespearean language. ...more
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“each Shakespearean reference is taken from a specific Shakespearean character. These are the characters I paired together: Cady: Miranda in The Tempest. Miranda is an ingenue who has lived most of her life secluded with her father in a remote wilderness, not unlike Cady. (I broke this pairing once, when Cady uses lines borrowed from Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. The quote from Hero was so perfect for the moment that I had to use it. Can you find it?) Janis: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice has a caustic, biting wit and a fierce loyalty to her friends. Regina: Kate in Taming of the Shrew. Kate, the titular shrew, starts off the play as a harsh woman with a sharp tongue. Gretchen: Viola in Twelfth Night. Viola, dressing as a man, serves as a constant go-between and wears a different face with each character. Karen: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is the youngest of Shakespeare’s heroines. She is innocent and hopeful. Mrs. Heron: Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra is the regal, intelligent woman who has come from Africa. Mrs. George: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s cruelest, most cunning villains. Yes, this is unfair to Amy Poehler’s portrayal of Mrs. George, who is nothing but positive and fun. My thought was that anyone who could raise Regina must be a piece of work. Ms. Norbury: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There’s little textual connection here—I just love Tina Fey so much that I thought, “Who could represent her except a majestic fairy queen?” 0 likes
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