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review 2020-07-08 00:13
William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls - Ian Doescher
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A fantastic retelling of Mean Girls in the style of William Shakespeare. This book is clever, hilarious, and a delight to read.

This book is such a fun way to combine classic literature and popular culture. The unique blend makes Shakespeare's style of writing more understandable and approachable for modern readers as the well-known quotes from the film echo in the back of their heads while reading, serving as a sort of translation. A splendid idea that just might get young readers and teens interested in the works of Shakespeare.

I really enjoyed this book and thought the writing was amazing. Doescher modeled each of the main female characters off of Shakespearean characters such as Miranda, Kate, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth, which added another great layer to the work.

This could easily work as an introduction to Shakespearean literature as well as a fun treat for fans of Shakespeare, complete with hidden references to find along the way.

A very fun reading experience for fans of Mean Girls, Shakespeare, or both.
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review 2019-01-23 01:02
William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second - Ian Doescher

In this and Doescher's treatment of the Phantom Menace, you need to pay attention to Mace's dialogue because it contains a hidden detail.


And no, it isn't cursed words being spelled out or anything like that.


But, yeah this is weak.  It isn't Doescher's fault. It's the movie's.  And I still don't buy (1) the romance between Padme and Ani and (2) Padme's total dismissal of Ani's killing an entire tribe.

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review 2019-01-23 00:57
Well if anything can redemm Jar Jar
William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace: Star Wars Part the First - Ian Doescher

Doescher tackles the prequels, and you can see why the prequels are not as good as the originals.



However, Doescher does neat thing with Jar-Jar and using the colonialist attitudes of the Jedi to do it.


Still, don't understand why if a Jedi can mind trick someone out of something that he needs, he can't break a slave out.

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review 2018-11-16 03:28
William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh (William Shakespeare's Star Wars) - Ian Doescher

It’s been a while since I last visited William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. When I read the Dramatis Personae and the rathtars were described as “jolly monsters” it felt like coming home. (And that was even before they started singing.)


Diving into one of these is always an adventure on multiple levels. How will Doescher Shakeaspeareanize this movie? What nerdy Easter eggs will he hide in the text? Do the rathtars have good singing voices? (The answers are: 1. Pretty damn well. 2. So many nerdy Easter eggs! 3. In my head they sounded an awful lot like the Three Tenors. It was magical.)


This is one of those books you may want to read at least twice. Once for the hell of it, and once more to see if you can find all those Easter eggs that Doescher teases in his afterword. I had to flip back through it right away to decipher BB-8’s dialog, which I’d been skipping over because it is not easy on the eye:


Zzwaflit blee roohblic bleeflib zilf blikflii,

Blox flirzooz blis blox flitblic bloozood flir

Reej zoodreej blee reej flirblip zzwaflit flirr

Bluuflir zoonflii flew blavrooq bleeflit blis!


Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like R2’s dialog, but when you realize what’s going on, it’s freaking brilliant.


Overall, this is a worthy addition to the series. It’s seriously Shakespearean Star Wars that doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s remarkably easy to picture the likes of Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver delivering these lines in classic theatrical fashion, but lest you forget it’s parody, there are the likes of the singing rathtars to remind you. I got a particularly good laugh out of the two Stormtroopers discussing the plot similarities to the original trilogy.


But I’ve gushed enough, and if I keep going I’ll start quoting entire scenes, so I’ll leave you with this bit of stage direction:


[Finn] salutes BB-8, who salutes in return using his droidly implements.



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text 2018-11-16 03:19
Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 168 pages.
William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh (William Shakespeare's Star Wars) - Ian Doescher

Screw you, four-day migraine! I finished a book anyway! And it was good! And I'm counting it for the Festivus door!

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