First off, props to Alyson @ The Cheap Reader for this amazing blog project! Alyson was also responsible for (in a good way) Project Fairytale back in February. This was such a success that, rather than resting upon her laurels (classical reference – see what I did there?) she decided to one up herself. Hence, we have the Classics Retold project, which is so huge that it is being adminstered on five separate blogs, loosely divided by time period. The details of the project can be found here:
What a wealth of classics there are from which to choose! I definitely wanted to do something in the medieval/renaissance period, which is being managed by Alyssa at her blog (http://bookstakeyouplaces.com/2013/04/11/classics-retold/). Still, narrowing down my selection was extremely difficult, with Robin Hood, King Arthur and all of Shakespeare to choose from! I ultimately settled on (ta-da) William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Yes, it is true. Come September, this blog will be entirely taken over by Titiania, Oberon, Puck and some guy running around with an ass where his head should be.
So, aside from the No Fear version of MSND, I am looking for retellings and spin-offs. So far, I’ve discovered a number of YA retellings, a feminist spoof (which I may or may not be able to get my hands on), a Pratchett version, and at least one award winning graphic story by Neil Gaiman. There is also, of course, the 1999 film version starring Michelle Pfeiffer as the lovely Titiana, with Calista Lockhart as Helena. I will hopefully be able to answer the age-old question of “can Calista Lockhart act” after watching this movie. I suspect that the answer to the question will be “no,” but I am attempting to keep an open mind.