Continuing with our summer of learning practical things, let us now learn about dating. There are great people out there to date, normal people, who have a pulse and aren’t followed by paparazzi at every turn. Then again, if you are into the undead and the famous, those types might be right up your alley. But what if the guy you like just kinda happens to be a prince. Maybe of a country like Denmark. Whose name happens to be Hamlet. Is everyone following me here? That’s right, a modern retake on the Shakespearian classic, Hamlet. Only this time, Ophelia isn’t dead. This time, Ophelia is telling all about her time with the royal family in the midst of some truly epic turmoil.
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray is the fabulous tale of a true royal love gone wrong. Take Hamlet and his family, toss them into modern times, throw in some paparazzi and the problems that come with being famous in this day and age and voila! A whole new spin on an epically tragic play. Shakespeare lends himself to some amazing and weird retellings, and Michelle Ray manages to bring something new and interesting to a concept that is always in danger of being over worked. She stays true to the original work, with the one big difference being that Ophelia does not end up as soggy worm food. The famous lines and monologues are all worked into the dialogue, but in such a natural way that it never feels forced. You are following Ophelia through three different points of view, her view point as she tells what really happened, the people of Denmark’s point of view watching her interviewed on TV after the fact, and snippets of her being interrogated by police. The switching of viewpoints is nicely delineated with different fonts and a consistent pattern. One opens and chapter, one is the bulk of the chapter, and one ends the chapter. It is wonderful and makes the novel better-rounded and gives you a lot more insight into the events that occurred.
Over all, this is a wonderful retelling of a Shakespeare play that has been poked, prodded, stretched and beaten to death. Read this, and then read Hamlet. Or do it in reverse. Either way, it is going to be enlightening.