Romeo and Juliet is actually… cool

I’ve dissed Romeo and Juliet before and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I mean its literally an instalove story which means its immediately a fail.

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That was before I actually read it.

Forget all those movie adaptations. Except the Baz Lurhmann one because its amazing. The rest are literally wannabes. I’ve just studied Romeo and Juliet for a term and let me just say… it’s really quite amazing. The language and techniques are so meaningful. Guys, I think I get why people love Shakespeare so much.

I might be writing this in the middle of the night before my essay tomorrow but seriously, it’s some good stuff. It’s probably the first thing I’ve read in English class that actually made me excited to write about it. So many layers of characters and plot and like the dialogue is so lyrical. I have no idea where this sudden admiration comes from. Usually, I’m just like “Eh, it’s a story I have to study to get the marks” but for Romeo and Juliet, I actually feel invested in it.

I guess it’s kinda ironic how English class is meant to teach us appreciation for literature but it sometimes ends up doing the opposite. I mean, writing essays is no one’s hobby.

To be honest, I have a feeling its because Leonardo DiCaprio was in the film version and he literally played the role of Romeo so well. How can you not resist fetus Leo?

So, I’m actually really interested to know what you’re reading or have read in school that has really engaged you. Seriously, we probably read the best books in school and don’t realise it because we’re so focused on analysing it to the smallest detail. Leave your comments down below!

See you soon!

Prima

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Author: Prima @ Panda Hearts Books

Lover of books, rom coms and chocolate. I also spend way too much time on the internet.

4 thoughts on “Romeo and Juliet is actually… cool”

  1. I love Baz’s version of R+J. I think Mercutio steals the show for me! I did a whole exam paper on that movie version.. something to do with the commercialising and kitsching of religion. Or something. Heck, it was a couple years ago! But I do remember having a similar reaction to the text itself. Romeo and Juliet has never been my favourite Shakespeare play, and it still isn’t, but I do have a greater appreciation for the language in it.

    I mean, let’s forget Romeo and Juliet were a pair of crazy teenagers who took it a little too far.. it’s an absolute feast for a language freak like me!

    I think, for me, it was a book that I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise called ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’. We read it as part of a Creative Writing module. It turned me onto an author that until then was completely off my radar!

    Cool post! 😀

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    1. I was so in love with the language… it was literally the best part of the whole play. I think that’s why a lot of people dismiss it so easily, because they’ve heard the plot but haven’t actually read the original text. And I totally agree that Mercutio was the star in Lurhmann’s film… he was so fabulous!

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  2. I read the play too for school 2 years ago and I watched the original movie but still it’s so cliche and stupid. I mean I did enjoy it not gonna lie, it’s entertaining and the writing is nice, not too hard to understand but I’m still not that big of a fan of Shakespeare, this year we’re going to read Macbeth so we’ll see how I feel about it

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