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02 March 2009 @ 11:02 am
you were romeo, you were throwing pebbles / and my daddy said 'stay away from juliet'  
I recently (like, five minutes ago) saw the video for Taylor Swift's "Love Story," and it really begs the question: are there any other R&J/P&P mashups out there? Because that's basically what the video was: a weirdly Regency/Renaissance/fairy tale ball, with random shots of castle-like sets. (Also, the male lead running around in the grass in the untucked shirt, sans cravat, was very P&P3.) Or just Austen/Shakespeare more generally? (Didn't Kenneth Branagh do a Regency-inspired Much Ado once?)

Speaking of weird mashups, though--I realize that Taylor Swift is some ridiculously young age, so it's possible they haven't gotten to Hawthorne in her high school English class yet, but "You were Romeo, I was The Scarlet Letter"? Huh? You...have a creepy elfin daughter and live in the woods? You had a secret affair with a clergyman? Where is *that* lyric going?
Gileonnen: Crow of Destinygileonnen on March 2nd, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
*cracks up so hard* That's just ... waiting to become a paper about cultural touchstones, actually.
tempestsarekind: elizabethtempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
That was my second thought, after "...huh?" :)
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on March 2nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, write it! I would totally read that.
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on March 2nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
::giggles:: I just watched the video on YouTube, and, aside from being distracted by the multiple eras represented in the costumes (he was obviously Regency, but she was clearly late eighteenth-century, though the cuts to her on the balcony had her in something modelled on Victorian), I actually found it rather adorable. And obviously whoever was in charge of the video had definitely seen P&P3.

I've seen Regency-ish Shakespeare productions before, and they do work quite well with the comedies. Also, angevin2 mentioned the ESC Histories that I think set Richard II during the Regency in some weird conceptual way.

The Scarlet Letter bit was hilarious! Maybe it's something about shame? But that also doesn't make any sense...
tempestsarekind: henry tilney would SO write fanfictempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
You're right; I left out Georgian and Victorian(ish)! It is a rather earnest and cute video. I still have no idea where she's going with that Scarlet Letter line, though--the associations *really* don't work!

I don't think I've seen any non-Renaissance Shakespeare set before the Victorian/Edwardian period, oddly enough. I could see how a Regency setting would be good for the comedies, though.
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on March 2nd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's an adorable video. Absolutely adorable. And if it's popular, so much the better. It's at least not completely inaccurate in its portrayal of R&J, at least up to the ending. ;)

I would love to see Much Ado in a Regency setting -- can't you imagine all the men in regimentals and Don John doing his best sulky Byron impression?
tempestsarekind: trespass sweetly urgedtempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes--up until the happy ending, it does work reasonably well. :)

I think a Regency Much Ado would be awesome. The coats alone would be fantastic.
Constant Reader: made of AWESOMEskirmish_of_wit on March 2nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I feel like LLL would be particularly fun in a Regency setting. Berowne as rake? Yum.
tempestsarekind: berowne is perplexed [dt]tempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
I mean, he's already devoted all his efforts to breaking oaths and trying to figure out how to court women! All he needs now is a barouche.
Constant Reader: DT - Berowneskirmish_of_wit on March 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
He even has the requisite roguish compatriots! Plus I bet he could one-handedly flick open a snuffbox with the best of the Fancots.

Now I kind of desperately want to see this done.

Edited at 2009-03-02 10:14 pm (UTC)
tempestsarekind: henry tilney would SO write fanfictempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hee. And he clearly has a good grasp on the intricacies of fashion: "Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise," etc.
the cold geniusangevin2 on March 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
The BBC Love's Labour's Lost puts it in the 18th century, iirc, which is somewhat unusual for that series. And one of the Players of Shakespeare volumes talks about a production of Measure for Measure also set in the 18th century.

I've also read about a couple of productions of Richard II done in English Civil War-era dress, but this does not sit right with me for some reason even though it is a perfectly okay analogy (in fact, a lot of ECW texts from both sides invoke Richard, for obvious reasons).
tempestsarekind: regency house party [s&s]tempestsarekind on March 3rd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I figured there must be some productions set around that period, but I didn't actually know of any!

I think I would find the English Civil War setting weird for Richard II as well--perhaps because it makes the analogy too explicit? I don't know.