Monday, December 11, 2017

Foolish Hearts Blog Tour: Favorite Shakespeare Quotes


Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: December 5th, 2017!

From Goodreads...
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

*****

I'm a pretty big fan of Shakespeare, and while I haven't been able to read A Midsummer Night's Dream, I was excited about the Shakespearan aspect to Foolish Hearts. So I knew that I'd want to make my blog tour post about that particular part of it. But what to talk about? One thing I love most about his works is that they were really modern for the time. There is much that you can relate to, that's relevant to the world now. So I thought about my favorite quotes, the passages I've marked in the plays of his that I've read. But with an added twist of seeing if any characters of Foolish Hearts would say or agree or be these. :D (I was inspired by Mary's Shakespeare post [which is perfect] to do *this* part). Anyway, here they are! 

"I am not bound to please thee with my answers."  -from The Merchant of Venice
Though part of a larger conversation I really liked, this was my favorite of the comments (but also "Every offence is not a hate at first" is GREAT TOO). Self-explanatory, and also something that Iris adheres to for sure. Not often a nice person, no, but someone who wouldn't take shit from anyone and who always stood up for herself. I loved that. (Also can we talk about how this play ended with a sexual joke? I love Shakespeare).

"I show more mirth than I am mistress of; and would you yet I were merrier?" -from As You Like It
Love so much because Rosalind is like asking her cousin to let her feel sad, because that's what she wants to feel. She doesn't want to have to fake it. I can 1,000% relate to that. And so would Gideon. People only see what they want to see when it comes to him. They see this fun, sometimes weird, life-loving guy. But he's so much more than that. He can't always laugh or smile away things. But they want him to be able to, because a sad Gideon is apparently too much. (People can really suck).

"Can I not say 'thank you'? My better parts are all thrown down, and that which here stands up is but a quintain [a wooden post], a mere lifeless block." -from As You Like It
ahh, tongue-tied Orlando who got defeated by Rosalind's quick wit and (probably) beauty. I feel it, how awkward and hard it is to speak, when you like someone. And so does Claudia. She's shy, not-so-socially-competent, and she doesn't always know how to talk to Gideon. But she tries, and she learns who he is better than most, and also becomes more confident in herself re: socializing, as the book goes on. She is my kindred spirit.

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts."
You might have heard of this one, which is (yet again) from As You Like It. If you can't tell, this play is one of my favorites! Haha. Anyway, I feel like it's just really accurate about how people are. It's not that people lie or deceive or fake it til they make it. It's that people are just really multifaceted individuals, and they especially don't stay the same throughout their lives. And I think it fits a lot of the characters in this book. They all have their own personalities. But they might be different depending on who they're with or how comfortable they feel in certain situations or if they grow throughout the course of the novel.

a few more from As You Like It I just really want to share:
"Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak."  
"Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to love. -It is to be all made of sighs and tears."

"Our doubts are traitors, and makes us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt." -from Measure for Measure
This definitely fits myself, and Claudia, and probably every person ever? How many of us have let our doubts get the best of us? Keep us from going after dreams or love or success? Shakespeare knew, as well as we all do, that we can't let the doubts win. We have to TRY and work and do our best. <3

"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." -from Measure for Measure
Another incredibly relevant quote! Hope can be a lifeline.


Going back through all my notes and saved passages, I remembered just how much I love Shakespeare. And how much his works make me smile. I haven't read enough of them yet, though. I HAVEN'T EVEN READ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Say whaaaat? I'm hoping to change that in the near future because when I asked Twitter (as you do) what play I should read next, an overwhelming majority voted for Midsummer. So it has to be good, right? And this book made me want to read it *even* more. Foolish Hearts was AMAZING, y'all. You should absolutely check it out. And laugh and cry and feel *all* the feelings. 

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