I love William Shakespeare. As a certified literature nerd, I’ve got my personal favorite Shakespeare quotes and sonnets, and I even nurse a crush on a couple of his characters (Horatio from Hamlet and the Fool from King Lear, if you’re curious). Naturally, I want to celebrate the Bard’s birthday this month. If his actual plays are a bit too dense for you, check out these seven novels inspired either by some of his greatest works or by the man himself.
In this unexpected retelling of Romeo and Juliet, R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. And then he meets Julie, a blast of living color in his gray landscape. However, their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!” —Captain Ahab