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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
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?