Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

much ado about nothing shakespeare

Yeah, I totally read the “Shakespeare Made Easy” edition. Cause DUDE I haven’t read any Shakespeare since middle school (Hamlet) and the teachers basically explained it all and I still don’t remember anything about what it was about. And since I really wanted to know the storyline for when Joss Whedon’s movie version of Much Ado About Nothing comes out, I decided to read something that would definitely help me understand it. I tried to read the real Shakespeare and then look at the next page and read the modern-day lingo, but that was taking forever and really getting in the way of me trying to keep everything straight so I mostly read the translation, and referred to the original lines when I felt like it.

ANYWAYS, so! This is a story about a whole lot of misunderstandings taking place and almost preventing two couples in love from getting married. There’s Benedick and Beatrice, who have a war of words going on that obviously hints to a deeper fondness. And then there’s Claudio and Hero, the quiet couple in love until Claudio is deceived into thinking that Hero’s a hoebag. Dun dun DUUUNNNN!

Yup, didn’t expect the wordΒ “hoebag” in a Shakespeare review, now did ya?

This story is kind of ridiculous, with lots of eavesdropping and confusion and chaos kind of screwing over everything for the characters. BUT I didΒ  totally enjoy it, and I am really, really looking forward to seeing it done in a theater sometime soon-ish. Reading a play is fine I guess, but well, obviously it’s probably more enjoyable when you are watching people act it out. And I SOOOOO can’t wait for the Joss Whedon movie now, although I’m a little disappointed that Nathan Fillion is playing Dogberry (a side character at best that was kind of weird and slightly annoying). I would have liked to see him as Benedick instead, cause he was so sassy.

So hooray, the first Shakespeare I (kind of) read and understood and enjoyed! I probably will go flip through this later and try to absorb more of the real Shakespeare writing.

Sarah Says: 4 stars!

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14 comments

  1. The whole time I was reading your review I was nodding along. Though it’s been a long time since I’ve read the play, I watched the film adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannaugh as Beatrice & Bennedick just a few years ago. I think this is my favorite Shakespeare comedy.

    And like you, I’ve been contemplating re-reading it in preparation for the Joss Whedon production. Love him. Love Nathan Fillion. And like you, I wish Fillion were playing Benedick. (Though I think Dogberry is one of the great minor roles in Shakespeare, he’s too minor for Mal Reynolds)

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  2. I’m so happy that you enjoyed this! I really didn’t read any Shakespeare since high school, either. I picked up the dramatization of this one and listened to that while reading the play … I was amazed at how well I could understand it! For some reason I always though that Shakespeare was going to be super difficult to read. I can’t wait to continue with another play … I hope you do, too! πŸ™‚

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    1. I definitely will, but I’m going to stick with these “Shakespeare Made Easy” kind of books, lol. There were some times when I was reading the Shakespeare part and had NO idea what the hell he was saying. I bet it’s easier to understand if you actually see the play or listening to it, to get the context a little better.

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    1. It differs SO MUCH. Sometimes I don’t even think Shakespeare himself knew what the hell he was saying, lol. The translation wasn’t super-modern or slanged-up or anything, just normal everyday language that was easier to understand and not all poetry-like.

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  3. Wait- is this the version where they have the real Shakespeare and a translated version on the opposing page? Because that’s TOTALLY how I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 8th grade. Ain’t no shame in a cheat sheet, yo. You can’t APPRECIATE the hoebags if you can’t get past the language!

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  4. I love this play! Benedick and Beatrice have the best chemistry. Also, I’m crazy excited for the Whedon movie and hoebag is perfect in this Shakespearean context!

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