Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hamlet as Facebook Feed

Horatio thinks he saw a ghost

Hamlet thinks it's annoying when your uncle marries your mother right after your dad dies.

The king thinks Hamlet's annoying.

Laertes thinks Ophelia can do better.

Hamlet's father is now a zombie.

The king poked the queen.

The queen poked the king back.

Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.

Marcellus is pretty sure there's something's rotten around here.

Hamlet became a fan of daggers.

Polonius says Hamlet's crazy ... crazy in love!

Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet are now friends.

Hamlet wonders if he should continue to exist. Or not.

Hamlet thinks Ophelia might be happier in a convent.

Ophelia removed "moody princes" from her interests.

Hamlet posted an event: A Play That's Totally Fictional and In No Way About My Family

The king commented on Hamlet's play: "What is wrong with you?"

Polonius thinks this curtain looks like a good hiding place.

Polonius is no longer online.
Hamlet added England to the Places I've Been application.

The queen is worried about Ophelia.

Ophelia loves flowers. Flowers flowers flowers flowers flowers. Oh, look, a river.

Ophelia joined the group Maidens Who Don't Float.

Laertes wonders what the hell happened while he was gone.

The king sent Hamlet a goblet of wine.

The queen likes wine!

The king likes ... oh crap.

The queen, the king, Laertes, and Hamlet are now zombies.

Horatio says well that was tragic.

Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, says yes, tragic. We'll take it from here.

Denmark is now Norwegian.

22 comments:

we're doomed said...

Shakespeare sure had a sense of humour. He understood the human element so well.

The Fool said...

Shakespeare says:

"All the infections that the sun sucks up
From bogs, fens, flats, on Facebook fall, and make them
By inch-meal a disease!"

Shakespeare thinks he might need to ammend that for use in a play.

In all honesty...I've never been on Facebook...but I'm taking your post as a portent and delaying my initiation. Thanks for the smile, Nomad.

The Fool said...

Just an afterthought on the de-evolution of language & the influence of the net. I don't know what age group you work with, or the persistence of such in Canada...but from my work with teens I note a vehement insistance by the lot (most notably girls), to adhere to and use chat-room abbreviations and notations in their writing - no matter how many times it is corrected and revision is called for (i.e. "ur," "i," "b4," "bitmt," etc.). Being how language is always changing (handwriting too - as the D'Nealean "k" taught today is not the same I learned, which was not the same my grandmother learned)...how long do you think it will be before such notations become the accepted norm? I say 10 - 15 years tops. Sad, but I believe true (Shakespeare moans).

Peter said...

Perfect are your photos which relate of your equally fine post.

Alas Facebook has won - and I admit defeat as I terminated my facebook attempts to understand.

Carla said...

We're doomed, He certainly did and that's probably at least partially why his works have survived the test of time.

Carla said...

Fool, I put off Facebook for quite awhile, but alas, its seductive pull has lured me in. There are things I still can't stand about it, a horrible waste of time, but it has reconnected me with so many long lost friends I have to admit there has been some benefit.

Oh...so much I could say on the de-evolution of language. And it's not just in schools with the young. It doesn't take much to be an editor these days. The papers are rife with errors, and I've even heard verbs improperly conjugated by newscasters. But more and more, I am noticing that many youth write exactly as they talk...no idea about the differentiation between formal and informal. And yes, chat room abbreviations are hard to stamp out.

And speaking of handwriting, my father has the most gorgeous handwriting. Try as I might, mine will never look as elegant. And yes, even his letters are somewhat different than mine.

And it's not only Shakespeare who moans. I think you might be the sort who would appreciate the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves."

Carla said...

Peter, A fine curtsey I give you. You're much too kind.

Annie Wicking said...

Wonderful! I loved it, Carla.

I always find something wonderful here.

Keep on blogging lol

Carla said...

Annie, Thanks, you're too kind. Truth is the last two months I've been having a hard time getting down to it. Being a writer, I guess you know that inspiration sometimes comes in bits and spurts.

PocketCT said...

This is fantastic!

Aaoiue said...

Great! GREAT!! BRAVISSIMA!!!
I'm in Facebook too, as Marta-R. Domínguez Senra.

Steffi said...

Perfect post and pictures!Really good ,Carla!
I´m at Facebook too but I don´t use it often...and I agree with you,Carla!

VE said...

Ha, good one! But why do I always think Hamlet is just an omlette with ham in it?

Isle Dance said...

See...this is why I need my books to have pictures...beautiful! :o)

Carla said...

Pocket CT, Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Aaouie, You're making me blush. Facebook, eh? I will try to look you up.

Carla said...

Steffi, With all these social networks, we could easily be online all the time. I understand about not being on it very often.

VE, Ha, ha. Good one.

Carla said...

Ilse Dance, I like my books to have pictures too.

Pamela said...

I have not ventured into Facebook, either. So, that's the way it works, eh?

To be, or not to be.

I'm becoming obstinate about moving on with the technology. Instead, I'm going to go out and dig in my garden!

Jannie Funster said...

This is hilarious!

Well done, Carla.

You really are a woman of varied talents, arent' you?!

dawn said...

That is so funny and a great reminder of the things I had forgotten of the story from reading it in high school.

Carla said...

Pamela, Digging in the garden ultimately sounds much more satisfying.

Jannie, Glad you got some laughs.

Carla said...

Dawn, I have a feeling that this could be the new version of Cole's Notes. Kids these days probably don't even know what Cole's Notes are.