This is a book that is part of a series in the Sparksnotes family of study guides. The "No Fear" part is that there is the original play on one side of the book, with each facing page having a translation in plain English that is easier to understand than the original play. This book helped me a lot when we were studying Twelfth Night in Grade 10 English class. I found the play itself hard to understand and didn't really get all of the supposedly humorous parts with out this line-by-line translation to help me. With the translation, the play is a good introduction to Shakespeare, in my opinion. The No Fear books are available for many of Shakespeare's plays and I would definitely reach for one of these guides for the next Shakespeare play that I have to study. The book also has a list of characters in the play and a short biography/character sketch about each of them to help get you oriented with the play before you dive in. There is also some helpful commentary about the background or meaning of the dialogue/history that is given throughout the play.
- @YIPPIEKAYAK of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I know!!! I was reading the play (the actual one, before I found out about No Fear) and I thought to myself, "These characters all seem very familiar...".
And then my friend came up to me and said,"This whole plays is so much like She's the Man, huh?"
And if you think about it, this play contains a lot of dark imagery for a comedy - if you made just a few changes, you could easily turn it into a tragedy. I think I might turn that idea into a project... MEE-HEE!!!!
I didn't enjoy the book that much because I perfer is tragedy's but it was still good. Also, it wsa my first shakespear book so I didn't understand it very easily. Fun Fact: She's the Man starring Amanda Bines is based off of Twelfth Night.
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