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Quote of the Week (It’s Shakespeare’s birthday)

Today is William Shakespeare’s probable birthday and also his death anniversary, which I find very creepy to be honest. But, whether he was born on April 23rd or not is not what matters. What matters about Shakespeare is the fact that he introduced more than 3000 words to the English vocabulary that we now make daily use of. What matters is that he wrote 37 plays and 154 works that are known. And there are many other reasons why Shakespeare matters, I could sit here writing the entire night. So, there was no way I could select a Quote of the Week that wasn’t by The Bard. So here it goes, again from one of my favourite plays, Much Ado About Nothing (if you want to see the previous quote from this play click here).

 

Beatrice: I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

Beatrice: I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you.
Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare

 

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries kickstarter success

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How can you explain 4.620 people giving $320.637 in only 5 days to fund the release of a DVD and the future productions from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries creators? Maybe I should start trying to answer that question by explain why I gave a lot of my money to this Kickstarter project (especially considering that each dollar I gave is worth 2 reais, the currency in Brazil where I live).

For me it much more than getting the DVD, button packs, journal signed by Hank Green and Bernie Su, LBD edition of Pride and Prejudice and a copy of the script of the first 8 episodes of LBD signed by cast members. For me this is about saying: “You people did a great work and you deserve all the praise for this and this money is just a small way to say thank you and, at the same time, help you make more wonderful things for us.” For me, being a backer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! is all about believing in the power of art.

LBD kickstarterThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an absolute phenomenon of the internet (check it on YouTube now if you haven’t yet), and this is because, using the contemporary William Darcy’s words, the story “resonates with people”. Frank McConnel wrote in Storytelling and Mythmaking: Images from Film and Literature, that “stories matter, and matter deeply, because they are the best way to save our lives.” (3) There is no questioning the value of Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. This story is not alive after 200 years of being first published by chance. Pride and Prejudice has reached a new height in popularity after so many years because people feel connected to it. It is not just the story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet falling in love, this is about the human nature, how we are inclined to judge and to be misled in our opinions when we feel offended or that we are better than other people.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries brought it all up to our days, to the crazy life of technology and fast communication and lack of privacy. No wonder it has been such a huge success. How could we not feel empathy for these characters? It is impossible because they have so much of who we are, just like they had in Austen’s books, but now they have been updated to fit into our world.

I think this explains why so many people are willingly giving their money to guarantee that the DVD will be released and that new productions will be made. Storytelling is an art that has been present in human lives for a very long time and its power only increases. For that reason, when such a great story as Pride and Prejudice is told in such a brilliant way as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, people will give their money to see it happen, because art is so much more than money will ever be.

Oh, by the way, if you are not a The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! backer yet, there is still time to become one here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pemberleydigital/the-lizzie-bennet-diaries-dvdand-more

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Shakespearean Insult Bandages

As some of you probably know, I’m an English major and, as such, have had classes about Shakespeare and his work. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered these Shakespearean Insult Bandages! Shakespeare has crafted many words and expressions of the English language and many insults that you use today were first written by him!

These bandages are a sure way to keep your mind of any wounds you might have and keep you entertained!shakespearean insult bandages

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