Oddly enough, I got into Shakespeare when I saw William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet in 1996 (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). (Of course, Leo was hot in the movie and that's when I 'fell in love' with him, as it were.) But after that, I thought the way Baz Luhrman directed it was great. He changed the weapons, the costumes and the setting, but he didn't change the words, the story or the ending. It was the same tragic love story. After that, I took it upon myself to read more of his plays (and I used Cliff's notes while I read, so I could take notes in the book. I really wanted to understand what I was reading). I've come to realize that while I prefer tragedies over the comedies (there's more depth to the characters in the tragedy) I really enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Dream. (I think the Queen Mab piece in Romeo and Juliet is my favorite.) In terms of Shakespeare made into movies, I loved the Kenneth Branaugh version of Hamlet. Kate Winslet was brilliant as Ophelia and the scene where she goes mad was just riveting. 10 Things I Hate About You is a cute retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Get Over It! is a movie using A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the plot. Then I went to college and became an English Literature Major. During Christmas break, Shakespeare in Love came out in theatres, and I was so excited to see that, and I loved the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar for her role in that movie. During my sophomore year, I wrote a paper about Shakespeare's sonnets. I look at them differently because I learned that the first half of them were written to a guy in an "I love you, you're my best friend" way. During the winter of my junior year I got the opportunity to study abroad, and I chose to study in London. One of the highlights of my trip was to go to the Globe Theatre and see a production of Romeo and Juliet. We knew what they were talking about, because we were studying the play in class. While I was there, I bought a copy of Titus Andronicus, one of his earliest and bloodiest plays. When Shakespeare wrote it, people weren't going to the theatre as much, because people would rather go to bear baitings, public executions and buy tickets to see the inmates of insane asylums. Shakespeare made the play as bloody as he did to compete with all of that. Titus Andronicus became another one of my favorite plays of his, along with Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Titus the movie was brilliant but it was also very violent, as is to be expected.