Shakespeare-Inspired YA Titles We’d Love To Read


The Shakespearean mash-ups we read this week inspired us to come up with our own prospective plotlines for YA novels. Here are the gems that we would like to see in bookstores sometime soon:

The Tempest, but set at the same time as Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens – and on the same island.

As You Like It. It takes place in a rural high school Midwestern high school, told from Touchstone’s perspective as an awkward adolescent class clown.

Measure for Measure set in contemporary times as a commentary on teen sexuality.

Macbeth, set in a small town high school football team. Duncan is the team’s star quarterback, and he’s murdered by power-hungry wide receiver Macbeth.

A Romeo and Juliet/Harry Potter mash-up in which a young Gryffindor and Slytherin fall in love, despite their families’ long-held animosity.

Publishers – you’re welcome. We await your phone call.

Thanks for joining us for another Slatebreakers theme week. Any other ideas for Shakespearean adaptations that would make great YA novels? What theme weeks would you like to see in the future?

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3 Responses to Shakespeare-Inspired YA Titles We’d Love To Read

  1. ‘Macbeth, set in a small town high school football team. Duncan is the team’s star quarterback, and he’s murdered by power-hungry wide receiver Macbeth.’ This sounds an awful lot like a slightly changed version of O : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_(film) . I smell a lawsuit 😉

    • Brianna says:

      That is hilarious. I’ve never seen O – now I have to watch it!

      • Once, while I was in high school, my best friend and I rented some movies, one of which was “O.” However, before we watched it, we watched something else. I don’t remember what, but it was happy and relatively up lifting.

        Then we watched “O,” and our souls were crushed.

        This is the main thing I remember about it. That, and it’s got an all-star Y2K cast: Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, and Julia Stiles as the three leads.

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