Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review: Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen

Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs
by Erik Didriksen
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Quirk Books
Buy It: Amazon / TBD
Source: NetGalley

"The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, BeyoncĂ©, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form. "

My Review:

A big Thank You to Quirk Books!! 

A great gift for those who love Shakespeare and music. An innovative idea and in an aesthetically appealing hardcover edition. It was fun to read them out loud to my husband and have him try to guess the song. Of course, it is better if you already know the songs. You will want this in hardcover since the edition is gorgeous and your friends can look through when they visit. Some of the songs that stood out to me were: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix Alot, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, and "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette.

Pop Sonnets is divided into five sections:
1. Sonnets of Love
2. Sonnet of Despair 
3. Songs of Time and Mortality
4. Rogues, Rascals and Wanton Women
5. Ballads of Heroes 

5/5 Stars
More sonnets here: 


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