Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ten contemporary novels inspired by Shakespeare

At Flavorwire Alison Nastasi tagged ten contemporary novels inspired by Shakespeare, including:
The Dead Fathers Club

Matt Haig’s Dead Fathers Club embraces the murderous Oedipal tendencies of its inspiration, the Bard’s Hamlet. Transplanting the introspective, brooding princeling to contemporary Britain, the author’s teenage hero is exhorted to dispatch a villainous uncle by his deceased — and apparently murdered — father. Substituting a local pub for the court of Denmark, Haig’s quirky treatment of the venerable source material, viewed through the prism of his hero-narrator, brings familiar dynastic struggles to the fore.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Dead Fathers Club.

My Book, The Movie: The Dead Fathers Club.

Also see: Sally O'Reilly's top ten novels inspired by Shakespeare, the greatest Shakespeare homages and cover versions in science fiction and fantasy and Matt Haig's top ten list of novels influenced by Shakespeare.

--Marshal Zeringue