Friday, May 30, 2014

Romeo and Juliet Retold

I've told you before how much I like YouTube vlogs based on my favorite literature. I watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries all the way through to the bitter end.* I love Kissing in the Rain, and A Tell Tale Vlog, and especially the Autobiography of Jane Eyre.

However, Jane Eyre is winding up. I think we're on Episode 87 or something now. Jane and Rochester appear to sort of be reunited? We can't really tell yet and instead of plot we're getting place holder videos of everyone's feelings except Rochester's** and they've reduced the number of videos per week from two to one.


They can't do this to me!!! I need my story resolution. I'm tired of Adele's feelings, and Grace's feelings, and I'm even a little tired of Jane's feelings. I want to see Mr. Rochester and hear about his feelings in exhaustive detail. 

Anyway, this sent me back to YouTube looking for more lovely stories to consume in 3-8 minute segments. I found something sort of beautiful and amazingly good.

CONFESSION: I've reached a new level of weepyness. Not only have  I cried at the Shire Theme from the Lord of the Rings, but I have also now cried at a vlog made by college students.

What I found was Jules and Monty which was made by some students at Tufts University earlier this year. It is a modern retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" which they wrote, filmed, and produced themselves. AND IT IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD. And, even better, it's actually finished. 

And here's an itty, bitty, tiny SPOILER which I would have enjoyed having before I started watching it: Romeo and Juliet don't kill themselves at the end of this one. Thank heavens. However, it manages to remain very tragic anyway.

Here are the rest of them.



* And it was bitter indeed. Who thinks that was a happy ending in which those two characters had a moral revelation and realized that being together was going to make them better people? No one. Also, dear Bingly was reduced to arm candy. I'm still irked by this.

** The character in whose feelings I am chiefly interested. Always, really. Even though he was so mean to Jane. He regrets it, people! I know he does.

A comic of Mr. Rochester being mean to Jane Eyre.
My friend, Belle, found this and titled it:
The Edward Fairfax Crazypants Rochester School of Courtship

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