Celebrated as one of the best playwrights the world has ever seen, William Shakespeare is a name that’s recognisable across the planet and different cultures. Despite that, recent research commissioned by snack brand popchips has revealed that only 34% of the British public actually enjoy his work! Asked whether his work could do with a modern day rewrite, 45% suggested that an injection of humour could help maintain their interest, with 41% suggesting fewer deaths, less monologues and more female roles would help bringing them in.
With all of that in mind, popchips have taken the modern day phenomenon that is ITV2’s Love Island and put together a glossary of some of the most memorable Shakespeare lines, transforming them into a selection fit for a millennial. Check out some of our favourites below:
- Did you just bite your thumb at me, sir? – Are you mugging me off, mate?
- The lady doth protest too much, methinks – I’m well loyal, babe.
- Give me my sin again – Let’s crack on
- She doth teach the torches to shine bright – She is flames!
- To thine own self be true – You do you, hun.
- Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? – I massively rate you as a person.
- A man can die but once – YOLO
- There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so – Good vibes only.
- I am a man more sinned against than sinning – Why me? Why am I always being pied?
- The evil that men do lives after them – Karma’s a b***h, babe.
As well as this, popchips teamed up with YouTube sensation and comedian Amelia Dimoldenberg, who says: “When popchips asked me if I was up to the challenge of taking on The Bard, it was a no brainer. Is he a literary legend? Sure. Could I be one, too? Absolutely. Whatever your views on Shakespeare, I hope the British public enjoy the alternative plots I’ve developed for popchips – I’ve had a blast channelling my William within. We hope to be on stage before you know it – stay tuned.”
Whilst we’re not sure Love Island’s quotes will make as much of a momentous mark on history as Shakespeare’s works, we appreciate the effort!
Love Island comes to an end on Monday, July 30 on ITV2.
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