hey, rebecca, correct me if I'm wrong, but you like shakespeare, right? do you happen to have any bootlegs of recent-ish (ideally post-2000) performances of ... well, anything? even romeo and juliet would be great. I'm not really sure how popular shakespeare is amongst theatre fans, especially because they seem to focus on musicals a lot here on tumblr? I've just never actually *seen* his plays, so I'm curious. any help in the right direction would be lovely!
you’re in luck! you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe. their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic. if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.
if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):
all’s well that ends well (comedy)
as you like it (comedy)
love’s labours lost (comedy)
much ado about nothing (comedy)
merry wives of windsor (comedy)
twelfth night (comedy)
taming of the shrew (comedy)
and this is a production of doctor faustus put on by the globe. it’s marlowe, not shakespeare, but a fantastic play and if you enjoy these productions then you’ll love it just as much.
these are misc stage productions put on by other companies:
julius caesar (history) (royal shakespeare company)
the tempest (tragedy) (stratford theatre)
macbeth (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
hamlet (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
coriolanus (tragedy) (national theatre live)
much ado about nothing (comedy) (wyndham’s theatre)
speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.
and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer. so again, recommended. this production was done at the greenwich theatre.
and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head. as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years. the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though). there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it. in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces).
there are, of course, countless classics as well. if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right. def worth checking out).
and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE. GO FORTH. if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry! but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere. and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
"Girl Speaks Gibberish With Perfect Accents To Show What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners"
I love this?
I ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW WHAT AMERICAN ENGLISH SOUNDS LIKE TO OTHER PEOPLE.
this was so weird because it felt like i should’ve been able to understand what she was saying in the english ones but obviously i couldnt omg???
mythology meme - four of five otp's: dionysus and ariadne
Ariadne was the immortal wife of the wine-god Dionysus. There are several versions of her story. In one, Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Krete, assisted Theseus in his quest to slay the Minotaur, and then fled with him aboard his ship. However, when they landed on the island of Naxos, Theseus abandoned her as she was sleeping. It was here that the god Dionysus discovered her and made her his wife. Some say that she was later slain by Artemis, or else granted immortality. In another account, Ariadne’s bridal with Dionysus occurred several generations before, when the god was still wandering the earth introducing his cult. But when he rode into battle against the Argives with his band of sea women, she was slain or turned to stone by King Perseus. The god then descended to the underworld through Lerna to bring her back, before ascending to Olympos.