These two titles join the ever increasing collection of books written by Ian Doescher (which also include the Star Wars Collection). He has a passion for bringing the Shakespearian to best loved American films, iconic and pop culture films, playing on our love of the good old days – I wouldn’t be too shocked to see The Goonies, E.T. or The Princess Bride pop up shortly in this running series of books.
It really does help though if you have seen the films as the books follow the film pretty much line for line but written in a Shakespearian voice – a play if you would. But my main question, my main bugbear is why?
For me the books were quite difficult to get to grips with, taking what we know well and overcomplicating it for the gimmick of having it read like a Shakespeare play. I personally found it too distracting, as my mind was pulling me towards the films and the book was diluting such iconic work into a frustratingly irritating final product. The prose, and Doescher as a writer are clever, he has found a niche that he feels comfortable working in – and it is clear to see he has the intellect and the burning passion to bring Shakespeare to the masses, some of which might not have encountered his brilliance and would feel more comfortable discovering it with a source material they have some hold of. However I just didn’t see the point.
I suppose these books may appeal more to the American market. But I strongly urge anyone and everyone – just go and pick up and read the real William Shakespeare. Then if you want, go and relax, and enjoy watching a good old fashion blockbuster movie how it was supposed to be enjoyed.
Both of these books are published by Quirk Books and are available here along with his series of Shakespeare Star Wars books.
IAN DOESCHER has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons.
Reviewed by Amanda Brightman
Cover Image used in this article is from Geek Dad – original post here. Images are from Quirk Books who asked us to review.
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