The forty-sixth book I read in 2014 was Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. I finished this book on 5/31/14. I rated this book (really a play) 4.25 stars out of a scale of 5. This was actually a re-read for me since I read this in high school for my AP English class. This is one of my favorite works by Shakespeare, a comedy in which Countess Olivia falls in love with Viola, who is disguised as a young boy (Cesario). Viola falls in love with Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, but Orsino is in love with Olivia. And when Viola’s twin brother Sebastian shows up (looking exactly like the disguised Viola) and marries Olivia, all hell breaks lose.
To be honest one of the things I have always really liked about this play is a modern-day adaptation of it, She’s The Man starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. The characters names are even the same as in the Shakespeare play. The movie is set in a school named Illyria, where Amanda Bynes (Viola) disguises herself as a boy to be able to play on the soccer team. This has been one of my favorite all time movies and is a funny adaptation of Twelfth Night.
There is something really beautiful about the way Shakespeare rights, even though sometimes it can be a little hard to follow. There are a lot of words, phrases, and references that readers today might not understand. That’s why I found the “Pelican Shakespeare” vision so easy to use, there were footnotes that explained various words, phrases, and references. Shakespeare’s plays can sometimes be difficult to work your way through but I would definitely recommend giving Twelfth Night a read. Its funny and interesting and full of plot twists. Great read!
Link to Wikipedia article on Twelfth Night play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night
Link to website about William Shakespeare: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/