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Dating Hamlet (Collins Flamingo) [Paperback]

Lisa Fiedler
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3 Nov 2003 Collins Flamingo

It isn't easy dating a prince, especially when that prince is Hamlet. In fact it drives Ophelia to madness… Or does it?

Since the death of his father, Hamlet has descended into deep depression. To make matters worse, the Danish court is filled with lies and deceit. Was Hamlet's father murdered by King Claudius? Is Polonius truly the father of Laertes? Who can be trusted as a friend, and who is to be feared as an enemy? Ophelia, with the help of her friends, has to find a way to save her prince and herself. (And all Hamletophiles who read it may well be surprised at the outcome!)

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Flamingo; New Ed edition (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007161867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007161867
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,296,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Those familiar with the original Hamlet will most appreciate Fiedler's imaginative approach, as she pays homage to the Bard with clever cribbing and her own twist on Shakespearean language.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Dating Hamlet is an intelligent, inventive roller-coaster ride…Fans of the Bard will applaud this highly imaginative, lyrical text that plays with the story without damaging it.” School Library Journal

“Lisa Fiedler has written an awesome book for teens and has given Ophelia, a character before thought of as weak, a spunky attitude that many girls can identify with. The ending is the best and will not let down all you romantics out there!!! Read it, I guarantee you will enjoy it!” Reader review,

About the Author

Lisa Fiedler is an American author who has had several books published for younger readers, but this is her first teen title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have a feeling that those who have actually seen the play Hamlet will dislike this book. Lisa Fielding tries very hard to pull off a feminist review of 'Hamlet', perhaps hoping for a 'Wide Sargasso Sea'. There is an interesting twist involving the use of potions and alchemy (fans of Romeo and Juliet will recognise what's coming). The plot, however, is not the problem.
Remember those exercises in English Literature where you had to write a scene in Shakespearean language? Well, this book is a bit like those exercises stretched out to novel length. I winced once or twice at some sentences or words. The sub-plot concerning Ophelia, Laertes and Polonius seemed rather pointless to me. Good intelligent people are related to annoying idiots all the time. The neat romantic ending between Laertes and Anne the scullery maid was also a little unbelievable.
This is a good read, but there are some weaknesses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm interested in the way that classic stories can be reworked for modern audiences, and in fanfiction as a phenomenon. However, if this appeared on a fanfiction forum, it would be pounced upon immediately as a preposterous piece of 'Mary-Sue'-dom, and the author would be suspected of being a 14-year-old with a crush on whoever is the current hot young actor playing Hamlet. As satire, it might work, but unfortunately, I suspect it is meant to be taken at face-value.

Fiedler's Ophelia is a classic Mary-Sue, with entirely anachronistic values and attitudes to gender, class & c. Even her paternity is changed in a silly plot-twist. In draining the story of any real tragedy (no sympathetic characters are allowed to remain dead, so there is no real grief or pain), this novel drains it equally of meaning. It's a Young Adult version of the wilfully anachronistic 'bodice-ripping' romance novels that, I suppose, its readers will be expected to move on to when they're old enough to handle greater sexual content. But an older/more emotionally mature teenaged reader, who feels ready to cope with more explicit love-scenes, would perhaps do better to meet the teenaged Queen Gertrude in the first part of Updike's 'Gertrude and Claudius', a spirited girl for whom the limitations of her time and social status are *real* obstacles to happiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 28 Aug 2006
I did enjoy this book, although that could be more to do with my dislike of Shakespeare's was interesting too see how the author worked around the original play, though some plotlines such as the side romance with Horatio and Anne, and Romeo (from Romeo and Juliet) attending school with Hamlet, were slightly less believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's that girl? 21 Sep 2013
By jan
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Very Beautiful girl on the cover.! Who is she? What is her name? Who 's the Artist? Does anyone know?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting turn of events 18 Jan 2006
By Anne-Marie G - Published on
I normally put down any book that I realise is written in first person, with a few exceptions. It takes a certain amount of skill to write in the first person and sound like a character, a character I am willing to deal with for an entire book.

Ophelia's voice in "Dating Hamlet" was at once engaging and easy to follow, inspite of a pretty good attempt to mirror Shakespearan english. (Mind you it isn't perfect and the characters do not, except when being a bit silly, speak in verse). The book is the author's effort to give the power back to the female characters that she had encountered in the classics, Ophelia is one of the most unempowered women in Shakespeare's whole opus. To empower her took alot of back plot that was not in the original work.

With few exceptions it works really well, in my opinion. One example being when Hamlet is making his first mad speech to himself in the court and looks up (a gesture I remember) he is actually speaking to Ophelia who has hidden herself up in the gallery of the throne room. As I was reading this I was imagining how this could be staged in tandem with the play, how a director might alter Ophelia and Hamlet's actions to allow the audience to know, that Ophelia was in on the plot. (I am inclined to this anyways, having in yesteryear written a paper taking that side, just for the outrageousness of the idea)

Mind you, a few moments are a bit too contrived, but it wasn't so painful as the rest of the book was very enjoyable, and remarkably realistic. The ending is probably the most contrived bit about the whole work, but I am not going to argue with it, in fact I wouldn't mind reading her other book about Juliet.

It was also amusing to see that the crux of this book rested on a frequent plot device of Shakespeare, one that is utilized in Hamlet. That being the play with in the play. We have here, the traditional play used to catch Claudius, and Hamlet's play acting at being mad but also--Ophelia, Laertes, the Gravedigger, Horatio and Ophelia's lady in waiting, Anne, in on the plot. A whole new cast of inner play players.

The book is an easy read, I picked it up on my dinner break and finished it before going to bed. Enjoyable, probably more so for anyone who is rather more than less familiar with "Hamlet."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet - but with less deaths and a happy ending! 15 April 2006
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Dating Hamlet is a great read and it's the kind of book you can read again and again. I first read this book when I was 10 and now I'm nearly 13 and I have read it again I really understand and appreciate the book. The story is very good because even though I loved the Shakespeare play,and this book gives more depth into the characters and Ophelia is portayed as a much stronger person than she is in the play. It is a very moving book in some parts, like at the funeral of Ophelia.

I like the way Lisa Fielder has wrote it, by using the proper language and writing with Ophelia's thoughts and emotions.

I would recommend this 'Dating Hamlet' highly as it is such an excellent book you can read over and over again and still get new things from it. I hope Fielder writes a sequel!

It may be predicable, but what's wrong with a happy ending?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Adore "Ophelia" 6 Dec 2003
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Like with many people, I would think, Shakespeare often depressed me to read or study and therefore I had to suffer the loss of absorbing great literature. Ms. Fielder's book, "Dating Hamlet," most seemlessly mixes the traditional tale with a far more up-beat (yet still dramatic!), behind-the-scenes version for young children and young adults to enjoy. Whilst (addictedly) turning each page, the reader enjoys a highly entertaining tale WHILE reading true Shakespeare and learning the orginal play. By contrast, Ms. Fielder's book, is, should I say, more enjoyable? Yes. It was a good read, took me only a few hours, and for a 200 page book was quite fascinating, exciting, and taught me a great deal about a play I would have otherwise avoided.
The main character is a bold woman, and a heroine you would root for, and gives the usually-thought insane Ophelia a much stronger, more intelligent side. I thank the author for making Ophelia a better role model through this book.
I hope they make this book into a movie -- it was very entertaining and sweet and will forever more let me watch the classic play "Hamlet" with ease.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Review 1 April 2003
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On the good side, the book draws young readers in and should prove to be a good source for comparison with the original. Ophelia's character is anything but objectified as it is in the original. Fiedler's character has spirit and intelligence that may be inspiring to young girls reading the book.
However, there are some drawbacks to this book. 1) Everything seems to go right. The happy ending is a little too contrived and might dissapoint those true Shakespeare fans out there. 2) If the book is for young readers who identify with the teenage Ophelia, is it really a good idea to have Ophelia and Hamlet consumate their relationship? I'm not sure how to see this. 3) The author seems to take great joy in her little allusions to the real text, other Shakespeare works, and to modern slang (like "Just add water"). This can be corny and a little annoying.
All in all, this is much better than "Hamlet II: Ophelia's Revenge" but not nearly as good as the original. A good read for fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great reimagining 11 May 2009
By Dawn Cline - Published on
I have read and seen hamlet many times and people who are fond of them may not get or like this story but I always thought that Ophelia was a deeper character than what was shown and we get it in this book without giving too much away hamlet and ophelia work together and apart to try to get king Clauidus to admit to a murder (I will not say whose murder in case you have not seen the movie or read the play) I thought it was a good read and an interesting reimagining of the story! I think it is a good way to get kids interested in Shakespeare and hopfully will encourage them to read some of the greatest plays ever written!
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