Dating Hamlet

Dating Hamlet Ophelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else I have stayed awake these many weeks which has aided me greatly in my portrayal of one

  • Title: Dating Hamlet
  • Author: Lisa Fiedler
  • ISBN: 9780007161867
  • Page: 119
  • Format: None
  • Ophelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else I have stayed awake these many weeks, which has aided me greatly in my portrayal of one who has gone daft For my skin is pale as fresh daisy petals, and my eyes sink inward, rimmed by bruise like swells of purple The servants and courtiers whisper that sureOphelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore.The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else I have stayed awake these many weeks, which has aided me greatly in my portrayal of one who has gone daft For my skin is pale as fresh daisy petals, and my eyes sink inward, rimmed by bruise like swells of purple The servants and courtiers whisper that surely, Ophelia most beautified Ophelia has lost touch It isn t easy dating a prince, especially when that prince is Hamlet It could easily drive a young girl to madness, or so it would seem Since the death of his father, Ophelia s beloved Hamlet has descended into a deep depression To make matters worse, the Danish court is filled with lies and deceit Was Hamlet s father murdered by King Claudius Is Polonius truly the father of Laertes Who can be trusted as a friend And who is to be feared as an enemy It is up to clever Ophelia, with the help of her friends, to find a way to save her prince and herself Only then can she finally reveal the truth about what really happened in the famed castle at Elsinore With Shakespeare s classic play as a frame, Lisa Fiedler gives voice to Ophelia in a gripping novel full of romance, ghosts, and a touch of alchemy Lisa Fiedler is the author of a number of other works of fiction, including Curtis Piperfield s Biggest Fan and Lucky Me She lives in Monroe, Connecticut.

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    1. This book might have been interesting if I could have gotten past the writing. The horrible mixture of almost Elizabethan, overblown flowery language with 21st century "OMG, he's so cute I think I'm gonna die!!!1!" is so jarring that OMG, I think I'm gonna gag!!!!1!!This is, of course, leaving aside that fact that a with most modern authors who try to write 17th century English, the author gets it wrong. Arguing that a sentence like "You have thy banana" (not an actual sentence from the book, bu [...]

    2. What if Hamlet's madness was all an act and Ophelia was in on the whole thing? What if Polonius wasn't really Ophelia's father but the grave digger was? What if Ophelia really did know how to swim? What if Ophelia had access to a plant that, mixed with certain other ingredients, makes a person who ingests it appear to be dead? What if Laertes is only acting when he and the king plot to kill Hamlet? What if Ophelia and Hamlet lived happily ever after?I really enjoyed this clever read. It's very i [...]

    3. If you don't want to view spoilers well, come on, people. This play's been out for hundred's of years, it's not like this story's anything new. There is a few spoilers for the novel itself, but honestly, this book isn't really worth your time, so don't bother shielding your eyes.It feels like the author couldn't take the tragedy that was the original, and went out of her way to write a version in which no one died except the king who deserved to. It really removes all tension from the novel when [...]

    4. Ophelia never was one of my favorite Shakespearean heroines (perhaps because my acting teachers were often suggesting i play her~and i was always a little partial to Juliet~ever since we first read the play in ninth grade English). I always saw Ophelia as a bit weak and victim-like~i suppose i'm not the only one~and named a cat i got after my other "tough" cat Tiny disappeared when a roommate let her out into a strange neighborhood (i saw the cat as somewhat weak~that cat later became my baby wh [...]

    5. The School Library Journal review on the back of this book claims that, "Fans of the Bard will applaud this highly imaginative, lyrical text that plays with the story without damaging it."The review is a BIG FAT LIE, for I have never seen a retelling damage the original story as much as this one has massacred Hamlet. In an attempt to make the telling "feminist," Lisa made EVERYTHING about Hamlet into an act. The premise of this book is that Ophelia and Hamlet together devised Hamlet's madness -- [...]

    6. jujur niyh gw ga pernah bener-bener baca buku ini sendiri dengan mata kepala gwtapi cuma dengan kuping ajajadi, dulu pas jaman SD kelas empat di Surabaya tetangga gw seneng bgt nyeritain tentang Ophelia inicara nama anaknya aja Opheliadulu sih pernah dipinjemin bukunya. secara gw masih SD kaga minat bgt sama yang kaya ginianuntung bokapnya kak Feli (panggilan anaknya yg namanya Ophelia) itu suka bacain gw or nyeritain gw tentang Ophelia-nya Hamlet ini udah lupa sih ceritanya yang paling gw inget [...]

    7. It's the feminist version of Hamlet, complete with drug-induced halucinations, secret dads, almost-rape, and poison-that-isn't-really-poison (a la Romeo and Juliet). The English teacher in me was at once intrigued and horrified by the liberties taken with the text of the play. It was daring - interesting - to give Hamlet and Ophelia a happy ending, solely based on Ophelia's cunning and brilliance. But really, I'm not sure I ever wanted Hamlet to get a happy ending. I never really liked him enoug [...]

    8. It was great reading Hamlet from Ophelia's point of view. A few things were unrealistic, but that didn't really take away from the plot. I did enjoy that Fiedler attempted to write in "Shakespeare speak" and keep the feel of the original (didn't always work). The end was a bit too happy (and a bit cheesy (let's go to Verona and meet up with your buddy Romeo and change that tragidy also)), and throughout the novel there were mentions of future inventions/style (wouldn't it be great if I could wea [...]

    9. This retelling of Shakespeare's classic tragedy gives the coveted position of protaganist not to the troubled prince of Denmark but to the plays much lamented victim Ophelia Hamlet's love interest.The story starts out slow as most of the book is exactly like Shakespeare's play only from Ophelia's point of view. I would have to say the real action dosn't start until about Act four. When Hamlet is sent off to England it is left in Ophielia's hands to turn the inevitable tragedy into if not a comed [...]

    10. If you are not familiar with Shakespeare's Hamlet, its unlikely that you will understand the finer nuances of Dating Hamlet: Ophelia's Story by Lisa Fiedler. And that's a shame, because Ophelia's take-charge attitude makes a huge difference in the plot. Suffice it to say that in Shakespeare's version, pretty much everybody ends up dead, while in Fiedler's version, only the obviously awful people buy the farm; plus, instead of stuffed shirt Polonius as a father, Ophelia learns that her real dad i [...]

    11. Since I'm currently reading Ophelia, I had to add this one to my shelf that I read awhile ago. It's a fun take on Hamlet (well, can the story of Hamlet ever be FUN?)--let's change that to a clever take on the story of Hamlet. In this version, Ophelia is in on everything and the events of the story (and characters, for that matter) aren't what they seem. She cleverly uses pieces of dialog and events from the actual play but twists them into a new and original plot. I absolutely loved this book--H [...]

    12. I loved this clever retelling of Hamlet that gave it an entirely different and strangely plausible ending. I was so taken with this one that I suggested it for a f2f book discussion group- we read it in combination with Hamlet and Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. This would be great for a high school English class to read for Shakespeare studies with a challenge for students to come up with other alternate outcomes for the play.

    13. I thought this was such an amazing idea for a book. It didn't live up to the potential for me. I actually became rather bored. A blurb on the jacket claims that Fiedler plays with the original without ruining it. I highly disagree. I think she ruined everything Shakespear was trying to accomplish. For one thing--everyone lives! Ha, ha--they were all just pretending to be crazy and to die. Joke's on you! The evil uncle dies, but everyone else was just faking it. No tragedy involved.

    14. This book began my foray into reading stories of this type, novels based on Shakespeare plays. I picked it up at a library book sale and it was well worth the buck. I'd say it may be even worth the full price but I'm pretty sure you can get it cheaper somewhere else.Who's got a need for a new hobby? Maybe me but of well. Anyways, this book is Hamlet from Ophelia's point of view and let me tell you. If you like alternate endings, this may be the book for you.

    15. I liked Ophelia by Lisa Klein just a bit more than this one. It explored more into why Ophelia was who she was. Dating Hamlet started right as Shakespear's Hamlet started, with the King already dead. It was just told by Ophelia. It was still an interesting read and one for those who love the story of Hamlet as much as I do.

    16. Unlike Fiedler's other book, Dating Hamlet is told from Ophelia's point-of-view only. It also comes before Romeo's Ex (though reading them out of order isn't a huge deal).I rather like Lisa Fiedler's way of retelling Shakespearean stories with humor (and with wonderful background). I'd like to see these novels made into movies.

    17. I would have enjoyed this book more had I not already read Ophelia, which is a lot like this book.I found the writing leaving something to be desired, but the plot line is creative. This would be great for middle schoolers, but I also recommend it to anyone who teaches Hamlet.

    18. It's a different perspective, but no. This just seemed silly and the language is too mixed between modern and pretend Elizabethian. Rosaline is a lot better put together and not as silly. I like Lisa Klein's version better.

    19. I'm pretty familer with Hamlet. I have not read it but I know the story well and have seen a movie version. This book was a light easy read, I didn't love it but it was fun. A little too many changes in the plot for my taste. In my opinion Lisa Fiedler's book Romeo's Ex is way better!

    20. This was a fun book. I read it right after I finished reading Hamlet in English, so the puns seemed fresh, the dialogue was right on par, and the fresh perspective was really endearing. I would recommend it for a quick read.

    21. Alternate history ? I was intrigued by both the point of view and the placement of the story in modern times while not the best writing & certainly not Shakespear I enjoyed the book, finding it easier to empathise with this Ophelia than with the original.

    22. Teens who like Shakespeare's play Hamlet, should read this. It's Ophelia's side of the story (she only faked her suicide so she's alive to tell the tale). And Ophelia does narrate all that happens in the Bard's famous play. This is great fun.

    23. Awesome! Shakespeare's Hamlet told from Hamlet's girlfriend Ophelia! And better yet, NO ONE ends up in the woods although a girl does dress up a a guy! (Inside joke from Mrs. Laszewski's class.)

    24. It was so much fun to read this book, plenty of humor and love. i couldn't put it down until i finished it!

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