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[BOOKS] ✭ Falling for Hamlet ✷ Michelle Ray –

Meet Ophelia A Blonde, Beautiful High School Senior And Long Time Girlfriend Of Prince Hamlet Of Denmark Her Life Is Dominated Not Only By Her Boyfriend S Fame And His Overbearing Family, But Also By The Paparazzi Who Hound Them Wherever They Go As The Devastatingly Handsome Hamlet Spirals Into Madness After The Mysterious Death Of His Father, The King, Ophelia Rides Out His Crazy Roller Coaster Life, And Lives To Tell About It In Live Television Interviews, Of CoursePassion, Romance, Drama, Humor, And Tragedy Intertwine In This Compulsively Readable Debut Novel, Told By A Strong Willed, Modern Day Ophelia

10 thoughts on “Falling for Hamlet

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    Mistakes and miscommunications Violent love and violent hate Betrayals and desire Our beginning, our middle, and our end First let me state that this is my first time experiencing Hamlet s story Having gone to a French school, Shakespeare s work was not part of our curriculum, hence my unfamiliarity with it In addition, I ve never had the opportunity to see it as a play as there are no production where I live So yes, Shakespeare not my forte but I m happy to report that I quite enjoyed Falling for Hamlet Obviously I can t comment on any comparison the author s notes at the end are very interesting, however, and showcase what she s changed, added, and modernized I m not going to go into the study of Hamlet s character Whole classes are taken up to discuss this I actually spent a bit of time to Google Hamlet once I started it and found myself immersed by his madness and how this is actually left open to interpretation for the reader to decide what s real, and what isn t How insane is he, really I was obviously fascinated by his deeply complex characterization, but even so, how his madness seems to spread This whole cast is really messed up D This can bring forth such a huge character study like I said I won t start an essay about it Let s just say that I have a shameless attraction to morbid tales like these I love how incredibly tragic the characters lives become They re all so intense and dramatic spiraling out of control How can you look away Michelle may not have created these characters, but she modernized their setting made it fresh with some added material and extra twists that I m confident fans of the original will enjoy.The format I loved it We get the story in three different parts narrated by Ophilia There s the story that she tells Zara during a TV talk show interview think Oprah , there s her investigative interview, then there s the truth The latter is our main story, the others being only short passages to begin and end each chapters Glimpses of her interview on the Zara show set the perfect tone for what s to come As for the investigation, it s fun and adds an extra punch to the story, but I didn t feel it was completely necessary I will even admit to getting annoyed at the ridiculous accusations that are thrown regarding the smallest of details that are simply absurd On the other hand it s amusing to see Ophilia s reactions to these.I don t really have to go into the plot I mean, I m sure I was in a very small minority who aren t familiar with Hamlet Michelle does modify it some while leaving the general story untouched as stated in her notes For instance, she begins the story before the King dies, she adds a lot of technology, and reworks how fast the media affects high profile lives with so much modern technology.As a first experience, I can say it s a wonderfully perplexing and violent tale that while I can t compare to the original, I found myself incredibly enticed by this retelling It s such a tragic story of love and loss, manipulation and fear It s brilliant and thought provoking If this is what one should expect from a modernized version of this tale, Michelle Ray nailed it For of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

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    REVIEW ALSO ON of my favorite Shakespeare plays is Hamlet, so I was super stoked when I heard a modern young adult retelling was coming out I even pimped it in my post about upcoming novels in 2011 If only I could go back in time and take away that excitement, because despite all the mind boggling five star reviews this novel received on who is reviewing this fans of James Patterson , it is truly a painful piece of literature Although it s unfair to refer to it as literature, even in quotation marks when I m pretty sure it s just bad fanfiction.Cassie wa has a really awesome anecdote about Milton writing the first fanfiction when he penned or rather had someone transcribe Paradise Lost Now I have read a lot of fanfiction in my time, most of it bad but a select bit of it really damn good Unfortunately, Falling for Hamlet isn t even boring good like Paradise Lost, nor is it good bad like less famous fanfiction Instead, it s merely bad Painfully so Having to listen to Henry Rollins spoken word poetry would be less painful.The story starts off as most bad fanfiction does, with a ridiculous premise Ophelia is on a talk show telling her story to the Oprah like Zara, minus the screaming and giving away free tropical islands We are introduced to Ophelia s world, which begins BEFORE Hamlet s father s death by a whopping 120 pages Instead of living in a castle, the royal family lives in a giant building and for some reason the elevator opens directly into people s apartments so it s important not to pick the wrong floor Why Ray added this detail is unclear Regardless, it s jarring, ridiculous, and might as well be a castle in Edoras Factor in the fact that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are frat brothers and Hamlet goes to Wittenberg University, and you have lost my attention completely I would rather read about a girl falling into Middle earth.In addition to the strange setting, the novel is full of groan worthy jokes at the expense of Hamlet Ophelia s favorite band is the Poor Yoricks facepalm , her ring tone for Polonius is Papa Don t Preach double facepalm , she says, goodnight, sweet prince to Hamlet at bedtime triple facepalm , and rather than eating at Denny s, the characters eat at Daney s WHY WHY The modernity is just too much Having Ophelia referred to as Phee and Claudius as the Claw or Claudi ass takes you out of the moment, and had the jokes been funny yet respectful rather than merely stupid they probably would have worked a lot better.The most painful part of this retelling however comes from the way in which Ray tries to rework the most famous scenes from the classic In Hamlet s famous To Be or Not to Be speech, Ray chooses to have him write these two phrases over and over again a la The Shining s All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy This is not the bad bit however, that comes when Hamlet starts to speak Is it better to suffer through life, to deal with all the crap thrown at you, or to fight against your problems by ending your life To die is to sleep That s all Really You pared down the most famous soliloquy of all time so an 8 your old could grasp it Even Billy Madison could understand the original.Another ruined scene is the one in which Hamlet threatens Ophelia and tells her to become a nun while Claudius and Polonius are eavesdropping on them In this version, Polonius and Claudius are hiding behind the partition in a limo, and Ophelia is blackmailed into finding out information over threat of Claudius releasing a sex tape of her and Hamlet With that in mind, Hamlet yells out, Go become a nun, you whore before jumping out of the limo and running down the street toward the nearest subway The line speaks for itself, but a subway You re writing about Denmark, in Denmark they have the metro, the subway is in New York At least try to do some research.As if it couldn t get any worse in terms of plot, I found myself speeding toward the ending just so the damn book would end At this point in the narrative, Polonius has been killed by Hamlet, and Gertrude and Claudius are holding Ophelia hostage so she cannot release this information to the public We learn that Ophelia is not crazy, but merely gets drunk off vodka and draws flowers all over Gertrude, Horatio, and Laertes because she s a lush She uses this to her advantage and fakes her death, hiding herself away with help from Marcellus.Since Ophelia is supposed to be dead, Horatio video chats with her so she can watch a charity LACROSSE MATCH with Hamlet s team versus Laertes team who happens to be in graduate school and is therefore too old to be playing in a high school lacrosse game Did I mention that this lacrosse stick has a poisoned knife attached to the end of it which no one notices through the first quarter of the game Because it does.To make a long story short, Ophelia loses video and receives a text message from Horatio informing her o gd all r dead There really are not enough facepalms in the world for this post He then shows up in her hotel room to inform her how everyone and their mother died, focusing particularly on Gertrude who turned blue and foamed at the mouth, to which Ophelia replies, Ew.Thankfully, there is one small redeeming quality to this novel, and it is that Ray creates a stronger, albeit a little whiny Ophelia Whereas Bella Swan would have have forgiven Edward for killing her father, Ophelia stands her ground and escapes from the royal family She s not quite Daenerys Targaryen, but it s a step in the right direction.

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    Let me start by saying that you should not judge this book by its cover Or by its opening lines Frailty, thy name is woman William Shakespeare Willy, thy name is sexism OpheliaDon t get me wrong, both have very much to do with the story other than Hamlet s hair color on the cover , but they really make this look like a much lighter, funnier, beach read kind of book than it really is I mean, really, how would one make an adaption of Hamlet light Instead, this book is everything it should be it s brooding and dark and, at times, intense It s also narrated by a strong Ophelia who is understandably worried and sometimes so tired drunk she s a bit loopy how else could one explain the flower scene about her boyfriend s apparent loss of sanity but who also does her best to be supportive and helpful to those around her, especially her aforementioned boyfriend and her widower father, all while trying to keep her own life together in the midst of circumstances no high school senior should have to deal with She is so at odds with both the classic and modern versions of how we usually see the character of Ophelia I loved it.The story stays pretty true to the original, with one major difference that is given away on the jacket flap Ophelia survives The motivations behind people s actions, however, are different The truth, what Ophelia is telling us the readers, is book ended by Ophelia s tell all appearance on fake Danish Oprah in the beginning of each chapter and her interrogation by the Danish police at the end These three concurrent tellings of the same story, illustrate the fabrication of what we take for fact from the media and the reach of a government cover up explicitly than that paparazzi pic on the cover ever could On faux prah, Ophelia is sweet, in love, heart broken, and kind of ditzy She s the almost princess While being interrogated, she is bitingly sarcastic, angry, and fiercely loyal to Horatio and Marcellus, the only other people to survive the bloodbath that is this story She s accused of being the master mind of a plot to overthrow the Danish monarchy In between, she s just a girl doing her best to do what s right for herself and those she loves.Really and truly, I loved this book It sucked me into the story and kept me on the edge of my seat even though I knew, or less, what was going to happen The characters were well rounded and real in ways that Shakespeare characters usually are not I cried when the king died Have you ever cared about Hamlet s dad enough to even care that he s dead I haven t And Hamlet himself made a bit sense, not a lot, but a bit Giving him a happy background with Ophelia, at least in flashbacks, made their whole relationship much believable which made it all the crushing when he becomes cruel Michelle Ray has managed to take a story that I already knew well and liked, and she made it into something new and original that I love I can t wait to see what she comes up with next.Book source ARC provided by the publisher.

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    Falling for Hamlet is a retelling of a Shakespearean play I would ask you guys to guess but I think it s pretty obvious already Hehehe It s a modern day retelling of Shakespeare s Hamlet I honestly haven t read that yet so I can t really say how close or how far Ms Ray was with the original work But maybe it was for the Anyways, Falling for Hamlet is one of those books that would stick to you because it was unique It was a retelling yes but it was done in a good way Also, I was not expecting how this book really stuck with the play I thought it was a cheesy love story where the main characters were named after the characters from Hamlet I also read another retelling of a famous Shakespeare play which was the Juliet Spell Juliet Spell was though a tragedy not a real happy ending it did not follow through with Romeo and Juliet as much as Falling for Hamlet did with Hamlet.Instead of the story being told in Hamlet s POV, it was told in Ophelia s who was also a character in the original Hamlet play What was amazing about it was that aside from Ophelia s flashbacks on what s happening, we were also getting glimpses of her interview with a talk show host and with the police Cool Huh HELL YEAH The characters they said were based on the original Shakespearean work and I liked them all Firstly there s Ophelia that I just loved to hate but can t She was pretty and the girlfriend of a prince Who could compete with that Can you tell I m really envious Anyway what I really liked about how willing she was to protect those people she loves She was sweet and crazy in love with Hamlet She had to face rather difficult situations that on my opinion were handled pretty well If you are a fan of Shakespeare and wants to get see a version of Hamlet in the present day then I highly recommend this book The cover really got me fooled I never expected this book to end up the way it did All the while I thought I was going to get loads of cheesiness like the typical YA romance novel but I was wrong.3

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    You had to fall for Hamlet You re downfall, you might say And unfortunately, that quote completely sums up not only Hamlet and Ophelia s entire relationship, but the book itself Because their respective characters and their relationship ultimately helped contribute to this book s respective downfall.What would happen if William Shakespeare s Hamlet were to take place in the present day What if cameras, paparazzi, cell phones and news outlets everywhere were watching the character s every move That is the question Michelle Ray answers in her contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare s most famous plays Narrated by Ophelia Hamlet s love , we see how the play would have presented itself if it were to take place in our fame and royals obsessed generation Would it have been any different Would it make the characters any sympathetic And the answer to all of the above questions is a sound and resounding no.Let me just preface this by saying that I have not read the original play I ve read only two Shakespeare plays in my life Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer s Nights Dream Both plays I hated with a passion, and have therefore avoided reading any Shakespeare plays at all costs, for fear that I will go absolutely insane So the idea of an author retelling the Bard s work in contemporary, modern English for modern audiences was incredibly appealing to me However, while the plot mirrored closely to the original, I thought the characters regressed enormously from the original, which is incredibly disturbing to think about since the author s intent was to modernize them.I don t know how Hamlet and Ophelia s relationship was in the original play, as I have stated above that I didn t read said play I do know that Ophelia doesn t appear in very many scenes, as she s sort of a background character However, in this book she s front and center to the story, and the relationship between her and Hamlet is extremely toxic I don t know how to be without him Then we have a problem There s a fine line between making two characters completely, undeniably insane in the sense of Hamlet , and portraying a toxic relationship while all the time romanticizing it To put it quite simply, Hamlet treats Ophelia like complete and utter crap There s no nice way to put it A few hours ago, he d treated me like garbage in front of hundreds of people Two days ago, he d caught me with another guy Six days ago, he told me to stay away from him Either he was crazy or faking it I wasn t sure what to believe You won t be getting any ooey gooey romantic vibes like the ones you get every time a picture of William and Kate appear on the internet Even before he descended into complete and utter madness, I didn t really feel any particular romantic feelings on his part for her Not to mention that she makes up excuses for him every single damn time I do get that he was mentally insane, but she was doing it well before the events occurred And that s just not OK, y all.The book is written from three POV s Ophelia being interviewed on a TV show after the events of the book transpired, her bring interviewed by the police again, after said events transpired , and her telling us about the events from her POV We are led to believe that the truth is being told from her POV, but she s such an unreliable narrator that it can be confusing to even determine whether that is even the truth at all The author wrote Ophelia as a chameleon like character with the capability of changing her attitude and story point of view to match what she wants you, the reader to believe You seem pretty big on blaming the victim I don t see any victim here I just see the last girl standing If the author s intention was to make this novel give Ophelia a sympathetic spotlight, it failed Not that I can say with 100% certainty that Shakespeare s characters in his tragedies are at all sympathetic, but it s kind of a new low when a modernization of these characters is antiquated than those written in the 16th 17th century.The rest of the characters are despicable as well, but to have the main couple be the ultimate downfall of the novel is saying something While this retelling is imaginative and clever, and the integration of modern phrases and technology was done seamlessly, the modern updates on the characters were abysmal and portrayed them in an even worse light than the originals, particularly when it came to the couple at the center of it all, Hamlet and Ophelia You ll feel little sympathy for both of them, and won t mind both of their descents into madness and utter despair For a resound retelling of the famous play, I would recommend Ophelia by Lisa Klein As for this attempt, Shakespeare lovers should proceed with caution.

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    Originally posted CSI Librarian I wanted to love this book At first, I was positive that I would The pace was quick, the writing was fine, and there were parts of it that I still really like There were a lot of clever references throughout the text and exchanges of dialogue that modernized scenes from the play that were very well done I felt that the characters were updated in a very cool way, and I liked the idea of Ophelia being the one to dish on what had happened.However, I feel like Falling for Hamlet sort of maybe missed the point of Hamlet because this was absolutely the most light hearted re telling of a tragedy I ve ever come across and not in a good way I understand that teens enjoy fun books Most people do, but I don t know if a revenge story featuring a series of murders is really the best thing to turn into some sort of teen scandal I didn t mind Falling for Hamlet being clever and funny, but I didn t feel like madness, revenge, grief, or even the gravitas of the situation was given close to enough page time I think that by trying to modernize and change so much of the play s ending and events, the book never managed to have any real kind of emotional weight for me as a reader I guess it was neat to make Ophelia something other than a sad, droopy, delicate flower and that she lived, there just wasn t much left for Ophelia to be She didn t even seem to be very much in love with Hamlet, which seemed sort of bizarre to me, really I wanted to at least be pleased that the person she wound up saving was herself, but I didn t like her enough for that to matter I would have much preferred to see her struggling with maybe a modernized version of the original Ophelia s issues It would have been interesting, given her some actual emotional range, and made her sympathetic believable as a main character.I also felt that Falling for Hamlet used italics, transcriptions, fonts, flashbacks, and time jumps over and over again in a really distracting way and one that ultimately didn t do anything I still can t figure out why all these techniques were used when none of them shed any light on the situation or granted me new insight as a reader At first, I thought having a talk show at the beginning and a police interrogation at the end of each chapter was a nifty concept But that too became just one way of rehashing very straightforward events and saying the same thing without actually saying much at all.In conclusion, Falling for Hamlet is a quick read with a lot of potential that has a lot of style but not enough substance I don t really know who to suggest this book to, but, if you re a fan of the original play, it s probably worth taking a peek at I loved the little details like Ophelia s ringtone for Polonius being Papa Don t Preach.

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    I was not sure if I would really like this book I am generally not a romance reader, or a Shakespeare revisiter However I am a big fan of Hamlet and this book really intrigued me The book is set up with alternating chapter headers that focus on investigations by the FBI equivalent in Denmark, and Ophelia being interviewed by a talk show host about the incident that is slowly unfolding These interludes really kept me reading, I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Ophelia, especially with the unique option of reading from her perspective The irony of reading this for me was the fact that I am completely familiar with the story and what happens, but as I started this book I really didn t think ahead to the end I knew I read inadvertently with blinders and really enjoyed the moments when the original text of Shakespeare s Hamlet broke through.

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    UGH.Falling for Melodrama is like it How can you say this is set in Denmark when it has nothing resembling Danish culture And how can I really feel any sympathy for a slut shaming sexual assaulting asshole And when people break up, there is no reason in the world to blame a girl for trying to move on Look what you did What did she try to do Move on with her life She isn t OWNED by a guy, FFS I hated this book Hated it Slut shaming, girl on girl hate, sexual assault,classism, plot holes, etc etc.

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    A ridiculously humorous and modern retelling of the famous Shakesperean Hamlet through the perspective of the unbelievably brave Ophelia I was captured by this book with these line He was scrawling To Be and Not to Be over and over, What s that I asked That is the question Hilarious I know I have to be honest, I can t compare contrast back to back Falling for Hamlet with the original manuscript because I haven t read the latter I did, however, know the gist of the story yeah, I read the summary to give me a heads up of what to expect with this novel , so I can say a few words about this There were major changes such as the setting all of it , nevertheless the important stuff remained This retelling by Michelle Ray is meticulously original in its own as if it was not inspired by any old stuff, the dark humor was clever and brilliant Can t say anything bad about it and I can t find any fault or uncovered holes in the story The idea of telling the story from Ophelia s perspective was genuinely creative and smart as it proved to be well informed and it set the story and facts straight I liked how each chapter opened with a live televised interview and ended with a scene with the detective s questioning with Ophelia The style somewhat gives the readers forewarning of what s to happen I also loved how the main essence of the story was kept in the novel they all died It s tragic, yes, no doubt about it, but it s cruelly valid to have the ending remain the same I did not mourn with reading that chapter but I was hud because it was a funny and ridiculous thing to die of..the poisoning and Claudius may think he was clever but he was just stupid and what a jerk really Although Hamlet did most of the heinous crime acts but I can t really blame him and he had a brave and courageous ending Ophelia, or Phee as Hamlet called her which I like is just as dangerously kick ass She may have done her fair share of mischief and wrong decisions, but in the end she s the survivor because she s the smartest of them all To have done what she did deserves not only an Academy award but maybe a CNN heroes award too Falling for Hamlet really wasn t the best thing that happened to Phee but it was the most memorable, I am sure Every part of the story after the King s death revolved around that Falling for Hamlet It did no one good, that s why everybody died At first, I wanted Phee and Hamlet to end up together but after reading the next half, just as Ophelia decided this time would be the last one, I also realized that it is really healthy for everyone that they not end up with each other I soon found out that it was okay this was not meant for a happy love story ending It, after all, began with a sweet sugar coated innocent teen romance, stained by social rumors mildews, tainted by political maliciousness, contaminated by madness, and well, in the end we all learn that these four mixed together doesn t end well Marvelous artful craft I did not regret to buy and read.

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    I ll have to try and make my way back to this one, folks Having already read and watched Hamlet, I can t help but compare the two And when you compare Shakespeare to anyone else I don t care who you lose Shakespeare owns Every time.It s extremely difficult for me to read a retelling and not compare it to the original Nearly impossible The original is always better Always. In my experience Don t misunderstand me, I did actually like what I read I loved the way Michelle Ray was able to create the castle setting whilst still having a believable atmosphere I felt that her characters were also very convincing Note I said her characters I felt that she definitely took creative license when it came to recreating them In particular, Gertrude Gah She was awful It s justNotHamlet I don t know.I ll pick it up again eventually Just remind me when I do to not analyze every last detail EDIT January 5thI finally made it through Now, I know the rating is a little harsh looking But, by Goodreads s scale, 2 stars means it s okay Which it was I d say that I didn t care too terribly much for the writing or Opheilia, but Hamlet was pretty cool Though, I also can t ever imagine the character of Hamlet being uncool, no matter what book he s in So, yeah It s was okay, all right, fine, average even As I said, I have a difficult time with retellings.