Review: Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend’s fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course.
Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia.
Even though I haven’t read Hamlet, the concept of this book intrigued me enough to get me to try it. I don’t think that you have to read Hamlet to enjoy the story, but it probably would make more sense if you have read it before. After finishing Falling For Hamlet, I really wasn’t sure what I thought of the story. It was a bit confusing at times, and I really hated the way Hamlet treated Ophelia, but I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to find out what happened next, and what the outcome of Hamlet’s madness would be.
I went back and forth with Ophelia. During the times when she is telling her story, I really didn’t like the person she was. She was easily manipulated by Hamlet, and I hated that she stuck with him even with the things he did to her. She was basically his plaything. She loses so many friends, pushes away her family, and makes her whole world revolve around Hamlet. I couldn’t respect her for that.
However, I loved her attitude during the interrogation sections. She didn’t let the officers push her, and it was interesting to see what she thought about some of the things she did. She has some hilarious moments! I also liked who she was during the talk show scenes. She barely gives anything away, but you can see that she is has many regrets.
I really don’t like Hamlet at all. He is a playboy and doesn’t respect anyone around him. I did feel bad for him when his father died. His father seemed like a great person, and I really felt for him. Hamlet’s attitude gets much worse after his father is buried. He goes completely insane! He turns into a really mean person who doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings, even his beloved Ophelia’s. I am really interested in reading the original Hamlet now to see what he is like in the play.
While I did enjoy reading Falling For Hamlet, I had problems with the characters. Maybe I would have understood them better if I had read Hamlet before, but I really don’t know. I really don’t think you should have to read Hamlet before reading this one.