Macbeth #killingit

(OMG Shakespeare)

Macbeth #killingit (2016, Random House Children's Books)

81 pages

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2016 by Random House Children's Books.

ISBN:
9780553538809

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2 stars (1 review)

Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told in texts?! Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare s most famous plays!

2 editions

I mean, they tried?

2 stars

I like what this book attempts to do? And it's a really interesting way to make people, especially younger audiences, interested in Shakespeare and interpreting the play into a more 'modern' way. However, there are a few issues:

  1. It's already dated, and I read this in 2018. As someone who still interacts with teenagers (as a teacher) and participates in a lot of online communities, it's already confusing in the way that it's written and not entirely clear with the use of emojis to really open up the text to other audiences. Because use of language and emojis changes really fast (especially online, a couple more years is going to make this book even more difficult to recognise.

  2. It's somewhat condescending in how it treats the themes of the story, or it feels that way. It's also super awkward to try to make a tragedy into something 'funny' just to …

Subjects

  • Adaptations