Monday, September 10, 2012

The movie "Gnomeo and Juliet" is a very good adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but it adapts the story to a modern lawn setting, and changes the story from a tragedy to a comedy.  The traditional Shakespearean tragedy ends with a death, and a comedy ends in a comedy.  This rendition results in no deaths, and Gnomeo and Juliet end up happily married.  They make many references to the original play, as well as to other Shakespeare plays.

The author John Green takes advantage of this tragedy/comedy concept in *SPOILERS* The Fault in Our Stars, where it ends in a death, but the narrator's final words are "I do."  This is a brilliant book that makes you laugh and cry, and the subtle Shakespeare reference adds to the majesty.

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