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Census How many of Shakespeare's plays have you read?

Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by NYCitygurl, Apr 26, 2011.

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How many of Shakespeare's plays have you read?

Poll closed Apr 26, 2011.
  1. None

    3.7%
  2. 1-5

    51.9%
  3. 6-10

    11.1%
  4. 11-15

    18.5%
  5. 16-20

    7.4%
  6. 21-25

    3.7%
  7. 26-30

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 31-36

    3.7%
  9. 37 -- all of them

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Poll [face_idea] by Drac39
     
  2. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In full? None.
     
  3. FelsGoddess

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    Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. Hated them both.
     
  4. Jedi Gunny

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    Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
     
  5. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

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    31. I've yet to finish the complete list, mostly because there are a few that keep nagging me - Shakespeare is not perfect by far, and honestly, some of his plays really suck and I either read them and didn't enjoy them, or tried to read them and gave up.

    Anyway, it's easier to list the ones I haven't read: King John; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Troilus and Cressida; Timon of Athens; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; and Coriolanus.

    What would be a better question is how many Shakespeare plays have you seen, either live or on film - after all, plays are meant to be performed, not read. :p

    (Though I highly doubt many people have seen performances of all of Shakespeare's plays, since there are quite a few that are almost never performed)
     
  6. TrakNar

    TrakNar Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Off the top of my head, I've read and seen Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, the Tempest, Othello, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing. I prolly read more, but those are the ones I can remember.
     
  7. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I've read (and in some cases seen, though mostly as movies):

    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Twelfth Night
    Romeo and Juliet
    Hamlet

    So five more me!

    I've also seen but not read Titus Andronicus.
     
  8. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I've read

    Much Ado About Nothing
    Hamlet
    Tweltfth Night
    Macbeth
    Merchant of Venice
    King Lear
    Coriolanus
    Antony and Cleopatra
    The Tempest
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Romeo and Juilet
    Troilus and Cressida
    Henry V
    Titus Andronicus

    This is honestly much better than I might have expected. I intend to eventually read them all. But I have reread some of my favorites of the 14 I've read. I also acted in a production of Macbeth.

    I definitely recommend both Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus. Neither really recieve much love but I think both are very powerful works. Troilus and Cressida's love story is much more compelling and tragic than Romeo and Juilet IMHO.
     
  9. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Oh, a fun poll! I've only read a handful, but have seen the movie versions of many more. :p Which I think is true of many.

    Tweltfth Night
    Much Ado About Nothing
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Hamlet
    Julius Caesar
    Richard III
    Macbeth
    Merchant of Venice
    Antony and Cleopatra
    The Tempest
    The Taming of the Shrew
    Romeo and Juilet
    Titus Andronicus
    Coriolanus

    Well, I'm in the process of reading Coriolanus, anyway - just because of the new movie coming out with a certain Gerard Butler and Ralph Fiennes. [face_mischief] My curiosity was piqued - and gladly so, it's as much fun to read as some of the bigger names. :p After that, Romeo and Juliet was probably my least favorite. Shhh. [face_shhh]


    ~MJ @};-
     
  10. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I'm excited to see what Fiennes does with Coriolanus even if people hate Butler.
     
  11. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

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    I admit that Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus are two plays that I haven't picked up because... I haven't. :p I should probably read them sometime soon; I just haven't ever gotten around to it. So, you definitely recommend them, Drac? If Troilus and Cressida have a compelling, tragic love story, I'm all there -- IMHO, Romeo and Juliet isn't much of a love story, more like a tale of two teenaged idiots and the pitfalls of early romantic love. :p
     
  12. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

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  13. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I agree 100% about Romeo and Juliet and I personally think it's my least favorite Shakespeare play for much of the same reasons you state. Troilus and Cressida is the anti-Romeo and Juliet in that it's characters are more mature and calculated. It's very much a tragedy but in a somber way. Bodies don't litter the stage at the end of it and the tragedy stems from having to live with what these characters went through. I love also that it is an anti-war play.
     
  14. Teegirloo

    Teegirloo Jedi Master star 6

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    I have to admit everything Shakespeare that I read was at school. Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet. I think there was another I don't remember.:p
     
  15. Rouge77

    Rouge77 Jedi Knight star 5

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    Just 5: Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard III and Tempest.
     
  16. ILuvJarJar

    ILuvJarJar Jedi Knight star 6

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    13.

    Macbeth was my favorite. It had so many parallels to Star Wars.
     
  17. echo_girl_94

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    6...I think. :p Or maybe 5.
     
  18. Nevermind

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  19. Rox

    Rox Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Less than 5 for sure. Off the top of my head I can only remember 2. Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
     
  20. Champion of the Force

    Champion of the Force Jedi Master star 4

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    4

    Henry IV, Part 1
    Macbeth
    Measure For Measure
    Hamlet
     
  21. Book-Geek

    Book-Geek Jedi Knight star 3

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    MacBeth (My favorite!), Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and most of Romeo and Juliet. I plan on reading more, especially since two are on my list of books for British Lit this year.
     
  22. KissMeImARebel

    KissMeImARebel Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    16

    My favorites are the history plays. I've read 8 of those. They don't enough enough love.
     
  23. LilyHobbitJedi

    LilyHobbitJedi Jedi Knight star 5

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    I read Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth (I hate Macbeth!) in high school, and then I read Hamlet which is my favorite!
     
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