I studied the Bard quite a bit as a part of my double English major at university. (I'm still miffed that my professor was not swayed by my theory that the tragedy of Hamlet truly lies in the lives and fates of Ophelia's family. Sweet, Laertes...) I was a super fan long before that. In fact I credit Kenneth Branagh's Henry V as being one of the major stepping stones that led me to being a writer today. When he says, "You have witchcraft in your lips" - oh my.
All of which will no doubt colour my heroine's rather dramatic view of the world.
For those of you who love a little Shakespeare, do you have a favourite romantic quote?
I started searching for some favourite romantic lines and lost a blissful hour of my life swimming in them. The man is such a master of sharp wit and subtle pain. Of warm gooiness and grand proclamation.
How about a quote to live by? Again - too many to count. The man just knew how to put words together in a way that made sense!
And funny? So so funny.
How about a favourite character?
My heroine likes Will's men :). (She does spring from my head after all.) When she gets a gander at her hero she thinks something like this:
Up close and personal he’d been rather intimidating. All darkly scowling eyes and that muscle ticing in his impossibly square jaw he’d appeared to be a Hamlet shoe in. Now, from a distance, with those curls and proud square shoulders he’d make a fine Laertes. Then again she’d had a good grip on that which was hidden beneath the suit. A dashing Mercutio, perhaps?
Where do you fall on the Shakespeare Scale - from "Don't Know Him, Don't Care To" all the way to "#TeamWill"?