This is not as good as YOLO Juliet. Perhaps because Hamlet is a much more violent play, or because Romeo and Juliet dealt with teenagers, so that construct of telling the play through texting made more sense... or something.
But this was much worse than YOLO Juliet. I only laughed twice. Once when
HAMLET: Mom. Look at this pic. Look @ Dad. Look how royal and regal he is. He LOOKS like a true king because HE IS A TRUE KING. This was your husband.
GERTRUDE: Aw. I loved that outfit.
HAMLET: Now look @ Claudius. See how many filters he uses? You can't honestly tell me you're attracted to him!
This is complete with pictures and it was pretty funny. The only other thing that made me laugh was
CLAUDIUS: To Do: 1.) Have the King of England kill Hamlet. 2.) Upload more selfies on throne. Hmmm. Light day.
But overall this wasn't very funny.
However, I think the book still has merit. It gets the play across to the reader in a clear, straightforward and simple way (if you understand icons and text speak - there IS a text dictionary in the book if you need help). I didn't think this was as good or funny as YOLO Juliet, but it would still be a way to get people interested in Shakespeare and/or help them understand the play better if they have to read it for a class. I think this series is a good idea, generally speaking.
As a hardcore Shakespeare fan, this was so fun and entertaining. It made me laugh, it made me smile and it definitely was a good way for me to revisit one of my favourite plays.
What I liked: - I really enjoyed how they played around with the different group chats, notes, status updates, etc. - It was so funny how they decided to do some things and just to see the characters interact like this. - All the emojis :D - It made me laugh and honestly, I need more funny books in my life.
What I didn't like: - Sometimes I wondered why they were texting? When they could've been talking? Sometimes it made sense as the characters were on the way somewhere, or not in each other's presences. But sometimes they seemed to be and it didn't make sense for them to be texting in that moment when no explanation was given as to why they decided to instead... - Sometimes the emoji use was overdone. No one really texts emojis instead of words ;.; But okay, I can suspend my disbelief a bit because this was TOO ENTERTAINING
In conclusion: Yeah, I am so going to be getting the rest of these. :)
This may have been worse than YOLO Juliet. As bad as YOLO was, the characters in the book were teenagers, so the emoji/text/facebook/tweet/etc. format of the book made sense. This book made the tragicness of Hamlet seem laughable.
I read Hamlet years ago when I was in college and can't remember much about it. I didn't realize what a death fest this story was. Everyone is dying back and forth in this book.
These were my daughter's books. I hope she doesn't bring anymore home. It's kind of like bad pizza. You know it's going to be bad, but yet you can't resist eating at least one slice.
I’ve always been fascinated by Shakespeare’s plays. But, like many, I find them confusing and hard to understand. I’ve taken classes on Shakespeare, purchased “Shakespeare for Dummies,” Googled translations and even watched the movies. But I still have a hard time grasping the language. srsly Hamlet broke the play down into its most basic elements, making it less confusing and highly entertaining.
When I first went to read srsly Hamlet, I felt a little overwhelmed; I remembered a lot of Romeo & Juliet, but not a lot of Hamlet. Mostly, I had some trouble remembering all the different characters, so I was grateful for the character descriptions in the beginning of the book. I definitely had to reference that a few times! But once I got into the book, I sped through it in roughly an hour and a half. For some reason, I was even more entertained by srsly Hamlet than I was by YOLO Juliet. While YOLO Juliet was great, I found myself laughing out loud at srsly Hamlet. Shakespeare characters cursing autocorrect? Too funny for words! Breaking down these famous, epic monologues into notes with emojis? Epic and hilarious! Apparently, emoji’s turn a tragedy into a comedy!
Like with YOLO Juliet, srly Hamlet took something complex and broke it down into an easy-to-understand language that teens today will be able to connect with. It made Hamlet fun (and hilarious) to read, even with the tragic events that take place in the play. I LOL’d (see what I did there?!?) more times during srsly Hamlet than I can count! My brother teaches English and he definitely wants to add these to his classroom library – something I think every teacher should do!
So, whether you want to learn Shakespeare or teach Shakespeare, I highly recommend this book. You’ll never view Hamlet in the same way, ever again! And you’ll enjoy reading it!
ROFLMFAO I was in the middle of reading Hamlet, and I saw this book on sale for $2.97 at BAM!, so I had to get it. It's a great novelty item, and I even used it as a fun way of revisiting the story to see what I missed after reading the (No Fear) Hamlet. There are some funny moments, and this part was hilarious:
But the novelty soon wore off and the joke didn't stay funny as the story progressed. The back cover of the book says "Hamlet just got a lot more interesting." This is probably a joke too, but in case you take it srsly, the other Hamlet is pretty darn interesting. Another small gripe I have is the excessive use of emojis. It wouldn't be what it is without those, but most texters I know don't use them THAT much, amirite? I give it 2.5 stars, which is good. (A 2 star rating on my scale is good.) Idk, it seems sacrilegious to give this a super-high rating compared to all the classical literature out there lol
Update 12/22/19: I'm actually just now finishing this and I'm gonna go ahead and bump it up to 3 stars. It was a kool refresher since I had finished reading the No Fear version a few months earlier. Ophelia's exclusive use of emojis after she went crazy was really neat-o. Now that I'm familiar with the No Fear and srsly versions of Hamlet, I'll probably give Shakespeare's original version a shot in 2020.
These were hilarious books! Now Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet aren’t really comedies. They’re dramas, which may be the reason a lot of teens find them boring. The language can be foreign and drawn out. Sure it was understandable back then but in our present moment it has kids scratching their heads, wondering what the hell is going on.
In comes OMG Shakespeare series. A modern take of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet with text messages. In a world where most people prefer texting as communication, these books come at a perfect time. I think kids of all ages can read these books and enjoy them! The emojis are perfectly placed throughout the play adding some humor to such dreary stories. The story makes sense. I'm sure even Shakespeare would be proud!
Should you read it? Yes! A fun take on classics that any kid or adult would enjoy. And what's even greater? It's a quick read. No more looking up on Google the meaning of each scene. Just sit back and laugh.
A funny, more modern of Shakespeare's classic: The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Told in the form of smartphones with plenty of emoticons, making it a story anyone can understand. I really enjoyed it and it made me laugh, uncontrollably at one point. The emoticons kept it intriguing but were sometimes hard to decipher along with some text speak ( luckily there was a glossary at the end for both but some were still unexplained and baffling. It also got a little annoying at time. But I have to say I couldn't put it down, I turned the pages feverishly desperate to know more ( and see what happens next even though I already know the story). I probably could have finished it sooner, say in like 2 hours if I read more of it. It was pretty true to the original tale. This version of it also missed out on a few things as did so many of the simplified or modernised versions of classics.
I feel about this the way I feel about the TTYL series and the TweetHeart book. It's absolutely wonderful.
I don't like Shakespeare. I never have. I never will. I found his plays boring and the old-timey language is a snooze cruise for me. I hated being forced to read them in HS because I got nothing out of them.
But I seriously just sat down and read this whole stupidly awesome thing in like, a minute. It reminded me of those old puzzle phrases my mom used to make for us when we were kids, and it made me feel all warm and happy inside.
But mostly I'm totally into the gimmick and I love it and I hope this becomes A Thing. Next up: Pride and Prejudice. Maybe emojis can make THAT stuff tolerable for me, too.
These were both hilarious and so much fun to read! Even my 10 year old enjoyed them. For me, reading and understanding Shakespeare has always felt like trying to read and understand a foreign language. What these two books offer is a fresh, fun and modern take on the classics. I can't wait to share them!
Although purists will certainly prefer the Bard's work in a less technical format, middle grade and high school readers will be amused by this account of Hamlet. Told through emojis and abbreviations used frequently when texting, the play moves swiftly through its various complications and angsty moments to its conclusion, with Fortinbras reflecting on Hamlet as "a good egg, scrambled but good" (p. 101). There are even "likes" and thumbs up for posts as well as a cheat sheet in the back for those who don't know what "srsly" or "SMH" stand for. Ah, the joys of Shakespeare in this much-abbreviated version! Do I love it for me? OMG, WTF! Of course not, but I would certainly suggest this one to my students who find Shakespeare heavy going. The author even manages to capture Ophelia's madness and Hamlet's confusing behavior perfectly here. Be sure to read this if you're an English teacher; if nothing else, you'll find out what you've been missing out on and discover some new uses for your Smartphone.
I have about the same thing to say about this as I said about "YOLO Juliet". Lacks authenticity, contains distracting emojis, and doesn't capture the true essence of the original. Not bad if you're looking for a quick lighthearted read, but I think it detracts from the story. If you want a better version, there are several sections dedicated to Hamlet in "Texts from Jane Eyre", along with a good portion of other classics, and I think it's a much better read.
I picked this book up expecting a good laugh, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. There are just emojis thrown in to replace words, and I don't think the kids talk like this... I cringed at every page, and feel that youth will be even more turned off by Shakespeare after reading this, which is unfortunate. I definitely prefer the original because this makes it look like a laughingstock. :(
I continue to be amused by the series. Each book transforms a Shakespearan play into very modern form through text messages and social media posts. The pages even reflect this format. It works surprisingly well--the gist comes across, and it's outright funny. This book on Hamlet is no exception.
This has mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I found it absolutely hilarious right after reading the original! And I learned a few more texting acronyms, so this is a win for relating to teenagers! 😆 Actually, I think this would be a good tool for introducing Hamlet to modern kids and teens. There’s a lot of depth you don’t get, of course, but afterwards they could read Shakespeare’s text and understand it better!
This was a really quick read that I borrowed on a whim from my library's eBook collection as I wanted a book I could finish in one day before starting a weeklong readathon tomorrow. It was funny and entertaining, but not amazing enough that I'd reach to read the other book in the series. However it made for an entertaining quick 40 minute read.