Acting in Plays, Singing/Favorite novel.
It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare among all his plays?.
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PRASHANT S AKERKAR
Hello, Prashant --
I know Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet" extremely well. My first exposure to it happened when I was in the fourth grade. The 1936 film adaptation starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard was on TV one night and I fell in love with it. I was then inspired to read the play. With the movie still in my head, it seemed very easy to read and understand and (years later) to appreciate the rhythm of its "blank verse" style.
Since then, I've seen the play on stage many times. I'm familiar with all the other film adaptations. I know the operatic versions and all the symphonic versions and the choreography of several ballet treatments.
The important thing is -- my first experience to Shakespeare was a positive one. It made me open and receptive to see and read more of his works. In college, I was an acting major in the Theatre Arts department. By that point, I was already a very informed student. I did lot of scene work in Shakespeare and learned a lot of his monologues throughout that period.
Personally, I don't care how the literary critics rank the play in comparison to others in the Shakespeare "canon" -- that being, the 15 or so of his most popular, most performed works. I love some of those plays as much as I do "Romeo and Juliet". I'm indifferent to many of the rest.
I don't spend my time arguing levels of "greatness" in Shakespeare's plays.
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