Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shakespeare at Large

This just in! from Quill and Quire magazine:

Doubleday Canada senior editor Amy Black has acquired Teresa Toten and Eric Walters' The Taming. Told in alternating boy-girl voices, the novel explores teen power struggles in a re-telling of The Taming of the Shrew. The book will be published in spring 2012. The deal was arranged by Marie Campbell at the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

Listen, I'm sure these are lovely and talented people, but does it all have to be about the teenagers these days? Isn't it bad enough that 15 year olds are now threatening to steal the American Idol crown from the heads of those last chance 28 year olds who've been working soul-sucking jobs for a decade?

Elizabeth Taylor was on her fifth husband when she filmed the Zeffirelli Shrew with Burton. No one was thinking about "teen power struggles" when those two let the sparks fly in 1967.

So let's save all that boring teen angst for Midsummer Night's Dream rewrites and leave the real power struggles to the grown-ups. Lord knows Liz earned it.

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