[eBook] OpheliaAuthor Lisa M. Klein – Wildlives.co
Okay so I think my star rating needs some explaining I loved Part 1 and most of Part 2 If the book had stopped there I would have given this 3 4 stars Probably 4 But now, the book continues for another 100 pages of the most boring rambling Finding God story arch which doesn t so much arch as drivels along in a slow straight line.I thought the whole last third of the book was so bad, the entire story gets 1 star.I had to skim through most of the ending because it was so boring Ophelia didn t grow, she became petulant She didn t want to the kid then she did She couldn t tell anyone who she was, or where she was from or that she was carrying a kid Um last time I checked on small framed women you can t even hide that under a cloak mumu drapes of fabric That they couldn t tell until basically she was giving birth Really I knew a girl who tried to hide her pregnancy as a teen She got fat in all the pregnant places and by month 7 we all knew she was going to have a baby So first 2 3rds of the books 4 stars, add int he last 100 pages, negative 3 stars Rounding it out to 1. To be completely honest, I m perplexed as to why people were unimpressed Shakespeare is hard to do, and I think for what it was, she did an amazing job No, it wasn t perfect But I think that even attempting a project like this is ambitious, and I think she kind of nailed it, to be frank.It was sculpted wonderfully, had many different emotions coursing through the pages, and left you thinking by the end Those are three very positive things, and I was impressed It may have been short, but there was life in it that made it a rather heavy book definitely not a light read. I had wanted to be the author of my tale, not merely a player in Hamlet s drama or a pawn in the court s deadly game But what had I gained insteadSynopsis Do you know how hard it s been to be labeled insane for over 400 years , cries Hamlet to any disparaging soul willing to listen Hold my beer, mutters Ophelia Biblio Babble Feminist Shakespeare for the Win Despite the archaic times he lived in, Shakespeare s female characters, especially in his comedies, were known for their sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and even sharper minds However, Ophelia is not one of those characters She may be Hamlet s beloved, but we get little to know insight into her character, and what we do see is marred by madness and babbling Lisa Klein saw a serious opportunity to right the wrongs of Ophelia and rewrites her story not only to give her side, but to give her character and depth And she succeeds The Ophelia in this version rivals even the wittiest of Shakespeare s original creations with her dry humor, sharp intellect, and inability to let any man get in the way of telling her what to do She recognizes and speaks out against the double standards that men and women faced back than and still do now, for that matter , and is not afraid to put them in their place And she did this in a way that felt true to the time period, not as if a Riot GRRLLL suddenly crashed the 1600s, both in mannerisms and social situations Boyfriend of the Year He Isn t A while ago, Jean Rhys decided to write a feminist reimagining of Jane Eyre, focusing on Bertha Mason view spoiler the first wife of Mr Rochester who so memorably gets locked up in the attic This really shouldn t be a spoiler, but so I don t get trolls in my mentions yelling at me for spoiling the story, I marked it as such hide spoiler I realize the author mostly wrote this for herself, intrigued with the idea that there might have been to Hamlet than meets the eye It s an interesting concept to think Ophelia might have been faking her insanity and even her death, but I didn t like what the author did with it.Of course, as with many modern novels set in olden times, the author felt the need to drive home the point that Ophelia was a tomboy I guess many female authors put this trait to their girl characters thinking it ll make them admired to be different in a society that s supposed to be full of meek, polite, feminine girls Maybe we ll like the character if she s strong and athletic rather than delicate She laughs in the face of adversity Sure If I m not mistaken, the author also tried to drive home the point that Ophelia was intelligent when most girls in that time didn t get much of an education I feel like this is part of that same tactic Very annoying.I hated the characters in this renewal Hamlet might as well not have been there and I didn t feel like their love was as groundbreaking as the author tried to portray Ophelia wasn t likeable, and Queen Gertrude apparently likes her servants to read erotica to her Hmm.Here s another common occurrence in books such as these the girl loses her virginity to a guy she s not even married to, and doesn t even pause to fret about it beforehand She just DOES it I realize not all girls in all times were so pristine, but girls brought up well in those times would certainly have stopped to worry about something like that, since virginity was of such importance back then at least with the women It would have been realistic if the guy was pressuring her into doing it, and she only gave in in the end because she wanted to please him You d think the girl would at least stop to worry that maybe, just maybe she might get pregnant.I lament that this Ophelia didn t have a deterioration of mind like Shakespeare s Ophelia did, as that s my favorite part about her, but I know the author was setting out to portray a possibility of a different scenario so I tried not to let it bother me Ophelia fakes her death highly unlikely and ends up in a convent, completely composed to be in the presence of nuns when she quickly gave up her virginity without being married to some guy Right.Actually, I feel like the convent part of the book is the only good part in it, though others might find it boring And in the end, the author feels the need to pair her up with a man Who but Horatio, who I doubt would have gotten with his newly dead best friend s ex girlfriend I also doubt Ophelia would have gotten with him if she d really been so wholly in love with Hamlet And then happily ever after Uh huh.Kudos for trying, Lisa Klein, but I like my Ophelia to be feminine, naive, and tending to insanity. Yeahthey do stuff Was good till that point I can see the writer s reasoning for putting that section in there, but I thought it ruined the story. I think this idea is fabulous I played Hamlet, myself, in an all female production and was really interested in hearing different ideas about what went on between Ophelia and Hamlet as my Ophelia and I played with those ideas on stage A look into Ophelia s mentality throughout the process of the play also interested me greatly.That said, I think this book is terrible The author s patching bits of the original, Shakespearean text into scenes that aren t in the play and then using dialogue that is obviously trying to sound like early modern English but doesn t in scenes that ARE in the play really bugged me I understand wanting to make the play s scenes accessible to a modern audience and I applaud any effort to do so, but Klein s use of the text made it an awkward read.I DO really appreciate that she played with the theories that Ophelia and Hamlet had a sexual relationship and that Ophelia is pregnant Though neither of those theories are strongly supported textually, they are very, very possible and a lot of fun to play around with when you re IN or directing the play I m not saying what Kenneth Branagh did in his film was cool I still don t like him In that respect, I think the book had a chance at redeeming itself.BUT then came the plot I, like many, dove into this book expecting the characters and plot of Shakespeare s Hamlet In their stead I found cardboard cut outs of the characters and a complete soap opera made out of the gory offal of Shakespeare s beautiful play Klein narrowed Hamlet s thousands of dimensions down to about two Ophelia became the typical Young Adult heroine rather than the gripping victim of Hamlet s plight I m not even going to talk about Gertrude I have no idea what was going on thereI understand the plot was a re imagining, but come on That plot was something out of General Hospital I kept picturing Claudius as that Sunny character I couldn t help laughing out loud when Ophelia actually went to a nunnery That Ophelia Horatio twist was just five steps over the line Nuh uh Now way That would not, could not happen Not for Ophelia and DEFINITELY not for Horatio Overall, characterization and the plot twist ruined everything for me and unmade my day like a muddy dog unmakes a bed This book just went to prove that you can t and shouldn t attempt to improve The Bard. Seriously, this is Hamlet fanfic, with Ophelia Horatio as the OTP.I can t help but compare this unfavorably to Ursula K LeGuin s Lavinia Both examine a famous male dominated text from the perspective of the extremely marginalized love interest But LeGuin brilliantly turns the story on its head Her Lavinia has a strong enough voice of her own to really bring a new perspective to the Aeneid I felt like the original gained new depths as a result Ophelia, on the other hand, is a pale shadow of the original I don t feel like I have new things to think about I don t even feel like this is a particularly interesting interpretation of the character She s fine, the plot s fine, everything s fine, but there s no spark Hamlet himself never particularly comes alive And Ophelia does just as much pointless waffling as her love, only less poetically Very minor spoilers that you find out anyway on the first page she survives Actually, she wanders out of the play probably two thirds of the way into the book, and wanders into her own, not particularly interesting, plot In which she continues to waffle a lot, keeping secrets for no reason she bothers to justify it s justifiable, the author just chooses not to do so than weakly Meh.Here s where my rating system breaks down Lady Lazarus was ambitious but deeply flawed She reached high, and I think may have failed, but did so with passion Ophelia, on the other hand, has far fewer technical flaws It s just kind of lifeless Both average out to middle of the road books, but really, I d rather read the fiery but irritatingly flawed book than the mostly unobjectionable, dishwater one. He Is Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark She Is Simply Ophelia If You Think You Know Their Story, Think AgainIn This Reimagining Of Shakespeare S Famous Tragedy, It Is Ophelia Who Takes Center Stage A Rowdy, Motherless Girl, She Grows Up At Elsinore Castle To Become The Queen S Most Trusted Lady In Waiting Ambitious For Knowledge And Witty As Well As Beautiful, Ophelia Learns The Ways Of Power In A Court Where Nothing Is As It Seems When She Catches The Attention Of The Captivating, Dark Haired Prince Hamlet, Their Love Blossoms In Secret But Bloody Deeds Soon Turn Denmark Into A Place Of Madness, And Ophelia S Happiness Is Shattered Ultimately, She Must Choose Between Her Love For Hamlet And Her Own Life In Desperation, Ophelia Devises A Treacherous Plan To Escape From Elsinore Forever With One Very Dangerous SecretLisa Klein S Ophelia Tells The Story Of A Young Woman Falling In Love, Searching For Her Place In The World, And Finding The Strength To Survive Sharp And Literary, Dark And Romantic, This Dramatic Story Holds Readers In Its Grip Until The Final, Heartrending Scene I love this book William Shakespeare out does himself in this love tale gone tragic Ophelia a motherless girl who finds herself soon living in the castle ruled by Queen Gertrude She works for her as a honorable lady and soon meets Hamlet and they fall in love They have to keep their love in secret because Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark and Ophelia is working for the queen and is not of power The Queen was nice and caring of Ophelia and did not want to disappoint her The love between Ophelia and Hamlet was not set in stone Hamlet would love her one day and the next day he wouldn t She finally has had it with the drama, and decides to leave, she runs away and finds herself in a nunnery Horatio is the only one who knows her whereabouts She was found passed out, the nun s bring her in and welcome her and nurse her back to health She finds out she is pregnant with Hamlet s baby Horatio sends he a letter with everything that has happened in Denmark Hamlet and Queen Gertrude are dead Years pass and Horatio finds her, and little hamlet, she is still living in the nunnery, but she did not take the oath Horatio makes a move on her and plants a kiss on her. At first this book made me really mad But I don t think you should snub this book completely If you call yourself a Shakespeare connoisseur, then you should just take this as it is and enjoy it.There have got to be a million different retellings of Hamlet Different interpretations especially on film, whether its the straight Shakespearean story or something like the Tale of Edgar Sawtelle I decided ultimately to enjoy this as a retelling Lisa Klein knows she is not Shakespeare I was glad that I had taken Shakespeare Honors and knew a lot about Shakespeare and Hamlet already Hamlet is arguably the gem of English literature So this was my immediate reaction Like WTF are you fucking kidding me you can t pretend Ophelia didn t die and NO you can t mix her and Horatio ARE YOU KIDDING ME but I cheered up and enjoyed it when they made Ophelia this really cool feminist and very strong questioning woman Awesome I also thought the authors focus on Shakespeare s connection to herbs and plant life and acting for the character Ophelia was extremely well executed I wrote my Hamlet thesis paper on this myself.