Wednesday, January 27, 2010
On My Wishlist: Hamlet
I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous to read a version of Hamlet that's told in novel form. I am excited about this new possibility, but hope that enough of the magic from the original version survives in the novel.
I love a good retelling. I am not a purist and love to think about how a writer's choices affect the overall storyline and message of the original. I've read some modern versions of old favorites that were done well and others that were not done with much care. I love books like Wicked, My Jim, and Zeena, which take characters from The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn, and Ethan Frome and rewrite the story from the point of view of a different main character. I even loved Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead, which is a play based on Hamlet but told from the perspective of two minor characters.
Hopefully, I'll muster up the courage and the five dollars (for a used copy) so that I can see for myself if all that I love about the original Hamlet can survive in a novel format. We'll see!