Book Review: Shakespeare’s Avengers

William Shakespeare's Avengers by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare’s Avengers: The Complete Works
by Ian Doescher (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

The Avengers movies are retold in this Shakespearean format as if they were theater plays, complete with stage directions and Elizabethan language.

I got inspired to rewatch the movies, and watched each one right after reading the play! It was so fun to see how the book follows the movie scenes closely, but with little additions in the dialogue and aside comments to the audience. There is even a chorus that introduces scenes and explains the plot like Shakespeare’s plays would have.

I love how this book uses the real style of Shakespeare! There are some actual phrases quoted directly from Shakespeare’s plays, and a lot of the language structure, theater tricks, and poetic flights of fancy all perfectly mimic Shakespeare’s style.
And yet, in the middle of the poetic Elizabethan language, you can still recognize all the original dialogue from the movie too.

The setting is kind of funny, because the actors are dressed up in a weird version of Elizabethan costume complete with neck ruffs and doublets, but they are also partly in modern dress, recognizable from the movies. And the illustrations don’t show any guns, only arrows, but they do have the technology for helicopters. So some things are old-timey, and other things are modern. It’s a funny mixture, and had me laughing!

The illustrations are really colorful and full of action! They really help you to imagine the setting and characters in their neck ruffs.

This whole book is brilliant and funny and wonderful!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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