I have a little confession…I have NO (none, zero, zip, nada, zilch) interest in reading Shakespeare anymore.
I have read a few of his plays… back in my high school days. You know, when I had to. There was Romeo and Juliet (forbidden love, death), Julius Caesar (betrayal, death), The Merchant of Venice (“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, blah, blah, blah…”), and All’s Well That Ends Well (par-tay!).
And then there are Macbeth and Othello. Two plays I have never read, have no intention of ever reading, but am still curious about, mostly because it seems like you can’t turn a page without running into a reference from them.
So when I saw the novelization of Macbeth was available at Audible, I was all “Sweet!”
And then I listened to it, and I’m all “Not sweet!” There’s sex! And that makes me sound like a literary prude, which I so am not. While I have absolutely nothing against sex in books, I’d been listening to Macbeth: A Novel and trying to envision it being performed, and well, ummm, yeah. That part really didn’t work for me, especially since it was pretty graphic.
Also, I know it’s a novelization, which means things were changed or embellished, and I’m down with that, too, but since I don’t know much of the original story (there’s a king, and some guys who are not the king, and some prophesying by three witches (aka The Weird Sisters (which totally explains the title of a book I read last year)) and some plotting, and then one of the guys who was not the king is now the king, and then things just go to shit after that) it was hard to know what was true to the play and what wasn’t.
In short, not my best idea. Even though I now get who the Weird Sisters are.