Saturday, 7 February 2015

Olivia's Catastrophe ~ Romeo & Juliet

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Today I wanted to write about my love/hate relationship with Romeo and Juliet due to approaching Valentine's Day! I studied it in English two years ago, and it was pretty fun to do. We also had an awesome teacher, which helped a lot. But why do I love it and hate it at the same time?
 

Hate: I really don’t like the idea of love on first sight. The two meet each other and from a look they are suddenly in love without really knowing anything about each other and what they have done in the past. Which, always seems a bit iffy to me. I may have been all for this idea when I was younger, but not anymore xD I also don’t like the idea that after three days of knowing each other they are ready to die for each other? Yes, it adds tragedy to the tale, and yes, some people do tell me this is supposed to be a warning tale so therefore it does a good job of sending it off in a warning. But in my mind’s eye, it is two people who don’t really know each other too well and already are prepared to die for each other. Is that true love? Or just taking things wayyyyy to fast?

Love: Oh my goodness this book is SO beautifully written. Really, it is the best writing style I have perhaps ever read. And the language flows so well and sounds so poetic when you read it. As for the quotes and passages they pull out of this play… well, it’s all be earned. Shakespeare truly did a good job of writing this and I can’t imagine it being put any other way. I’m going to share some of my favourite quotes from the play below.
 

Hate or love the films?

I have seen quite a lot of the Romeo and Juliet film adaptions. Firstly, let me say my favourite musical ever is High School Musical, I mean, West Side Story! And now that is one that is purely based off Romeo and Juliet but is beautiful all the same and I advise you see it!

There is a more modern day adaption featuring a young Leonardo Di Caprio in it. I did like the beginning but really, I didn’t enjoy that movie that much. It wasn’t anything to spectacular and I felt kind of meh watching it.

I watched the BBC version which is a bit old fashioned and not really for me either. Again… meh. The acting was not very good and in general it was very bad, in my opinion was the quality was bad as well. :/

But my all time favourite version which does a great job of portraying this wonderful/terrible play and also has the perfect characters playing each role is the one directed by Franco Zeffirelli, released in 1968.

I have yet to see the 2013 version though, and will let you know what I thought when I see it!

Olivia’s Question: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Olivia-Savannah x

36 comments:

  1. Hi Olivia - good review. I'm not a fan of instantaneous love either. :)

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    1. Yes, I feel like in books it needs some more of a build up than that!

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  2. I hate when books have love at first sight, I don't believe in that at all. Great post, Olivia!

    ~Cari @ myaddictionbooks.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm yet to read Romeo and Juliet. Something just doesn't make me want to lol. I know the story though and watched some of the movies. I'm not team Love at First Sight, but this is Shakespeare writing. I guess we should take in the time he wrote it and the kind of audience. Him and maybe the audience too, loved the idea. Love at first sight is a reappearing theme in his plays. As You like it for instance.
    His language <3 I studied As You Like It and loved it. My teacher was awesome too. We really experienced Shakespeare because of her. His language, the references <3

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    1. I do think taking the audience into consideration does make sense, because they would've loved something like that. But it doesn't really work for me though xD

      But the language on the other hand... I loved all of it and every word <3 I would even read the play again just for that.

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  4. I haven't read Romeo and Juliet in ages. I had a really good English teacher who helped bring Shakespeare to life. I saw the movie version with Leonardo and I did like it. I don't remember seeing any of the other versions, so I just definitely check out the one you recommend. I am not into instalove- but I don't remember having a problem with it when I first read the book. :)

    Loved your post!

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    1. I love how the teachers sometimes manage to bring alive these plays and texts so well! I am glad you liked that one, and I hope you enjoy this one as well :)

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  5. I, too, have a love/hate relationship with Romeo and Juliet. It was the first play I was in, and it introduced me to Shakespeare's work. But like you, I'm always troubled by the love at first sight and willingness to die for someone you hardly know. But the beautiful writing sucked me in. I'm now happily addicted to his works and try to reread them as much as I can!

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    1. Oh, it is really cool that you played in this one! I can understand how that is a hard theme to get used to. And the writing is lovely. I do need to read more Shakespeare although I have read some!

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  6. I think the idea of it is so romantic, until you get to the end are realize how unrealistic it is. The misunderstandings, the instalove, and how young the characters were.

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    1. I do find it to be a romantic story, and a nice one in general. But yes, thinking about it makes me skeptical.

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  7. I haven't completely read all of Romeo and Juliette, but I feel the same way as you about it!

    I do believe that love at first sight does/can happen. Sometimes you see them and you just know that they are the one for you (so sweet)! But then you get to know them! And you take your time! You don't act stupidly and get married after a small amount of time! A lot of love at first sight that happens in books, though, is completely annoying and ridiculous and makes me mad! I actually wrote a post on the The 7 Types of Insta Love Thursday, if you want to see my more complete feelings!

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    1. I just read your post and loved it. I shared my thoughts in the comments. It is interesting that you believe in love at first sight, but you also think you should go slow after that as well ^.^ I like the idea of that.

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  8. I have once seen a Romeo and Julliet movie adaptions, but have never read the book. I did like the film in general, but I agree with your points concerning love at first sight and how soon it goes. Although I have to say in the movie I wans't conscious it had only been 3 days.

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    1. Yeah, I think most film adaptions kind of tweak the time differences. I don't mind the timing too much - I think that's an area where we have to stretch our belief when it comes to Shakespeare in general. But I don't like the instalove.

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  9. I think love at first sight is real. I have yet to experience 'true love', but love at first sight...been there, done that.

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    1. If you have experienced it then I am sure you do believe it!

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  10. Two lovers, kept apart by outside forces. Romeo & Juliet is definitely the best use of that type of conflict. And it's interesting just how powerful those forces can be. I think every teenager who ever dated a boy her parents didn't like can relate to that plot device!

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    1. Haha I am sure they can! It was interesting to see how much family played into the separating of this young couple.

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  11. I never got the love at first sight either... I mean... wasn't Romeo in love with another just a few days before meeting Juliet? But then again they were teenagers so that might explain it.

    But I still love Romeo and Juliet because I find it so much more than the simple star-crossed lovers story. It's about doing what you want and what your family wants from you and so much more.
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    1. Yeah, I guess teenagers are prone to switching around a lot! It is a nice story as well, and there are a lot of other themes running through it!

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  12. There are books with far better love stories than Romeo and Juliet but I guess it appeals to us more because of the tragedy of this young love that's so rare. Their love is so intense that it did not hesitate to follow death. And I think we all love something we hate a bit. Thanks for sharing your opinion. :)

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    1. I think I would agree! And it must've appealed to the audience at the time an awful lot as well.

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  13. I have to admit that the Baz Luhrman one is my favourite, I just absolutely love that movie. I think it's stunning! I haven't seen the one you mentioned as your favourite, so I will have to try and find a copy of that somewhere. I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN! I've gotten so behind on blogging that I've managed to not see it till now!

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    1. Thank you! The blog design change actually happened, well, today xD And it's all due to Talina @ Sassy & Dangerous! I hope you like the version I suggested!

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  14. I never liked Shakespeare much, but I haven't looked at it in years because I was forced to memorize it at a too young of age and it, ah, didn't work out. xD Perhaps I'll take another look. :3 Maybeee read this one.

    I love the new look, Livvy. Very purdyy <3

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    1. I am not too much a fan of memorizing Shakespeare either, except for a few small parts. You should give it another go, his writing is pretty great :) Thank youuu!

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  15. Great review! I am not a fan of Shakespeare but I loved the same movie adaption of it as you. Doesn't Romeo look a bit like Troy Bolton from High School Musical!?

    Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner

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    1. YES! He looks exactly like him and I was thinking it the whole time so it is great to see someone who shares my opinion! It was a great movie <3

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  16. I think love at first sight is more like attraction and lust..where you feel a connection and it stems from nature and mating to produce offspring. Remeber all of those natural channel shows with animals courting..yep

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    1. Well, I have never thought of it explained like that before xD But I think I would agree with you ^.^

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  17. I agree with your viewpoint.

    Love at first sight seems more lust than love, but I also think a lot of people believe in it is because they see a person who looks amazing, maybe on the inside too and they think it's the person they've been waiting for. It's kind of fairy tale unrealistic though.. Great post!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I understand why people believe they do fall in love! I just thought that in this story they really do take it up and beyond a reaction to lust.

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  18. I never understood the whole fuzzy love for Romeo and Juliet. It's true during the play was written love at first sight was characteristic in literature; it was a very normal thing to do and it was what readers expected. What I think has kept Romeo and Juliet alive today is not the instalove but rather the forbidden love topic around it and the tragic aftermath. That being said, I don't believe in instalove; I mean, how can you fall in love that quickly? It takes time. However, we don't have to misunderstood instalove with insta-attraction (I don't even know that is a word) because you can feel attracted to someone right away! That means you're in love? NO

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    1. You make a lot of fair points here Noelia! I think it is insta attraction, but doesn't mean we fall in love right away. As for the tragic aftermath, I think that makes sense as well. Catastrophic book endings are still popular today, and everyone loves a forbidden love story.

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