Thou Art so Old and so Temperamental ~ Happy Birthday Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is one of, if not the most influential writer in classical literature as  well as in theater and performing arts. According to History.com, Shakespeare was born and died on the 23rd of April in the 1500’s. If he were alive today, he would have been 452. I’d like to take a moment to appreciate his literature masterpieces.

As a high school student, much of our required reading is Shakespeare’s work. In the 7th grade, I remember reading The Twelfth Night. I obsessed over  the love tryst and the entangling romantic drama.

Twelfth Night ~ William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night ~ William Shakespeare

The main plot line follows a girl named Viola who pretends to be a man named Cesario. She is stranded in the land of Illyria and believes her twin brother, Sebastian, has died. So to be able to earn money, she becomes a page under the Duke Orsino (While dressed as a man). However, Viola become attracted to the duke, who is already enamored by the Lady Olivia. By being a messenger to the Duke, it is Viola’s job to deliver the Duke’s love letters to Olivia. Unbeknownst to Olivia, she starts to crush the women, believing him to be Cesario. Then, as if the comedy couldn’t get any more confusing, Sebastian, Viola’s brother who wasn’t actually dead, shows up at the worst timing. Olivia finds him, believing him to be Cesario, and asks to marry him. He doesn’t know her, but she is beautiful and wealthy, so he accepts. The drama unfolds at the very end with all four of the main characters meeting. The Duke Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Viola, and Viola is in love with the Duke, completing the awkward entertaining love triangle. Add in a few more funny, confusing, and insane characters, and the story is complete. For a full explanation, check out SparkNotes.

If you already know the story, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate my favorite character, Malvolio, who is the “insane” character I mentioned earlier. This poor guy was the victim of prank that ended up putting him we would now call a padded cell with white walls and a straight jacket, but in those days was a simple jail cell for the mentally insane.

I also love the more modern interpretations of the Twelfth Night, such as the movies, Shes the Man, Just One of the Guys, and Victor Victoria.

  • She’s the Man follows the same plot line but puts a high school drama in the mix. Even the character names are the same. The actor list is great too, which includes Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.
  • Just One of the Guys is a little less by the book with the original plot line but has the same romantic conflicts and also takes place in a high school setting in mid 1980’s. Also includes hilariously perverted comedic relief as well as addressing real life problems in that time period such as women’s equality.
  • Victor Victoria puts a musical twist on the Twelfth Night, and loosely bases the story line off the original book. This movie/musical mostly follows the idea that a woman can be a man. It includes a romantic aspect and portrays a poor woman (Julie Andrews) who becomes a man in the performing arts world. She pretends to be a man, pretending to be a woman, because, ideally its more social acceptable for a man to pretend to be a woman, than visa versa.

So anyways, this post is dedicated to Willam Shakespeare, one of my favorite authors and a great inspiration. I thought I’d take a moment to share my favorite play of his. The Twelfth Night is a literary masterpiece and I hope it’s celebrated for years to come!


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– Teenly Things Blogger Brygitt

#YASH Book Giveway & Blog Hop ~ Review

So last weekend I participated in the Spring 2016 YASH Book Giveaway & Blog Hop! Honestly, this was one of the most fun activities I’ve done in a long time.

So what is it exactly? #YASH is a young adult scavenger hunt hosted by one of my personal favorite authors, Colleen Houck. She, as well as 179 other authors (for those non math people, that’s a total of 180) created an online blog hop where you “hopped” from one blog to the next to find a hidden number, as well as read exclusive and behind-the-scenes content from some of today’s most popular young adult authors. And not only that, you had the opportunity to discover new books and meet new authors, as well as discuss and talk with people of like interest also participating in the contests.

Wait, contests? So there’s more than one? Yep. So the main idea of all the authors coming together is to share their books. So Colleen created 9 teams with 20 authors in each team. And remember that magic number I was talking about? Well on each author’s blog, there was a hidden number and after finding all of the numbers in each team, you added them all up and entered the total into 1 of 9 giveaways to be entered into a raffle to win great books! And the best part, IT’S ALL FREE!

Not only that, but on certain individual blog pages, some authors even hosted their own mini giveaway in celebration of YASH. So while I had a chance at 9 regular raffles, I probably entered about 20-30 individual raffles from the authors as well.
No, it’s not a completely easy, worry-free jackpot, but it was totally worth it. After 4 hours and endless blogging, I won something!!! And it’s only my first time! I actually won 2 books from Colleen Houck herself! She’s basically my biggest literary role model and I can’t believe I have the great opportunity of devouring (in the nicest person way possible) and definitely reviewing her books.
More specifically I won the first book in each of her series, TIGERS CURSE and REAWAKENED. I got them in the mail on Friday, so they basically shipped in 2 days! Needless to say, I’ll definitely be rereading both series in the coming weeks.

 Which reminds me, stay tuned to my blog for upcoming reviews for Colleen Houck’s books.

Okay, now I’m getting a little off topic. The point is, this book scavenger hunt was epic. I got exclusive never before seen content from some of my favorite authors. I learned about new books and went way overboard on adding them to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. I also met new authors. (Some of them even followed me back on Twitter and Tumblr!) Nothing is cooler than an author wanting to meet and share with their readers!  And I won free books! Though I must say, even if I hadn’t won anything, it would have still been worth it. Please don’t underestimate this: Those 4 hours were some the best in my life. Me, sitting in bed with 2 bookmarked books on my nightstand and me snuggling under my blankets with fuzzy sock and my computer on my lap.

So for those of you interested in all of the thing I stated before, you should definitely try out the YASH contest next time it’s running. It runs twice a year in spring and fall, so if you missed out, don’t worry, it’ll run again in the fall!


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– Teenly Things Blogger Brygitt