Book reviews

OMG Shakespeare | Redefining Literature ft.hashtags


We’re all aware that Shakespeare has written history’s THE MOST iconic plays but OMG Shakespeare is a series of adaptations with a fresh take on the already well-known plays.

Written in the form of text messages and status updates, the “plays” make use of 21st century’s best emojis and hashtags to convey the plot and character journeys throughout:

YOLO Juliet 

Macbeth #Killingit

A Midsummer Night #Nofilter 

Srsly Hamlet 

The books span in about 100 pages each and are a quick entertaining read if you’re looking to refresh yourself between doing loads of homework. I first came across them browsing the humour section in the book store and knew I absolutely had to get them.

They take the mickey out of Shakespeare but also, the plot is extremely simplified and much less painful to read thank God. Although, I wouldn’t recommend you to start off reading these before you’ve read the actual plays, this is something you;d normally read after to have a laugh.

How pathetic some of the characters and their decisions are is really obvious in these books. The layout makes it so convenient although you have to be in the know with all the emojis and hashtags which is why the informative sections at the front and back of the books are really helpful.

For all Shakespeare fans and readers out there, I’d definitely recommend flicking through these if you ever come across them and have a good laugh!

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book haul, life

Book Haul | Shakespeare & Conpany 

I couldn’t go to France and not visit Shakespeare & Company. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I read it in Anna and the French Kiss. No amount of time could’ve been enough for me to explore in there and take in the overwhelming mass of books literally floor to ceiling. But I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking

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The doormat had quite a lot to say..

Upstairs was filled with writer’s cubby holes and I’m talking Hemmingway kinda writers



The Haul!

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Let’s take a moment to appreciate the tote bag which I’m tote-ally gonna rock every day

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As a souvenir and also because I love Shakespeare I got Macbeth. I was trying to find a similar copy of Hamlet but no luck. The pages are gold bordered like so

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We’d just been to Notre Dame and I wanted to learn more about it so

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I also got this cool notebook to put all my blogging ideas in. It’s got some famous writers associated with the store.

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Every book comes stamped upon request

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Some bookmarks

These were the steps leading up to the writer’s cubby hole

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I also got a post card because why not


Other books from France!

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Paris has many street bookstores selling second hand books which was like my dream come true. I soon discovered most of the books were in French and settled upon buying the French version of Lolita. I plan on buying the English version and hope to build on my French vocab. Let’s hope it’s not too dirty

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France also has amazing McDonald’s. Seriously guys, if you ever go to France, try their maccas. I, typically, bought a Happy Meal and received a French picture book. How cute is that! It’s Puss in Boots in French!

This was my experience at Shakespeare & Co. Hopefully it wasn’t my only one, I hope to return there one day and spend even more money. If you guys have any burning questions feel free to leave ’em in the comments!

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