I really don’t understand people’s elitism around Shakespeare, or any of the early modern playwrights really.
Take, for example, Will TNT. Yeah, it’s not accurate, it’s not true, but it’s fun. And if it gets people who otherwise wouldn’t have even thought about it interested, does it matter?
Does it matter if someone starts reading the complete works of Christopher Marlowe because they fancy him in the show? No. They’re still reading it, still learning and appreciating.
I fell in love with the works of William Shakespeare when I was twelve years old. Because I heard/saw something that captured my attention and I wanted to know more.
That “something” was a one man show of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Swedish. I didn’t speak Swedish! But come September, I’m starting a Masters degree in Shakespeare studies. It would be hypocritical of me, of any of us I think, to belittle those who are finding the works of these wonderful playwrights through a tv show.
It’s a fun tv show? I, for one, am watching with enjoyment!
Yes, all of this!
I’m a baby Shakespeare scholar and nothing pisses me off more than elitist attitudes. You like Shakespeare because of a class you took in college? You like Shakespeare because you saw fan made videos on YouTube, etc? You like Shakespeare. You don’t need to know EVERYTHING to be a fan. If you like The Bard, then you like him. Elitist attitudes are not welcome, especially on this blog!
I’m taking Shakespeare and Adaptation next month for the fall semester, which is the next class you can take after taking the required Shakespeare course to be able to take this class. I have a WONDERFUL Shakespeare professor who knows her stuff. None of this would be possible for all of the Shakespeare stuff I was exposed to in high school, seeing Hamlet on stage, and then finding this wonderful fandom and all of our Shakesmemes.
What I’m trying to say is that I fucking love “Will.” Yeah, yeah, it’s not accurate, but who gives a fuck? As long as they continue to say Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare, I am all for it! (Or I might have to fight a pack of Anti-stratfordians in a Taco Bell parking lot. (For my followers, that is an inside joke you can find underneath my “personal” tag.) )
Also, I am LIVING for gay af Kit Marlowe. Not like I didn’t think he was gay already.