Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hamlet's Dead Gay Ghost Dad

So, uh, Orson Scott Card has written a book called 'Hamlet's Father', which is kind of a, shall we say a streamlining of Hamlet; a slimmer, leaner re-imagining for a modern audience.  Which is a fine endeavour.  There have been some excellent interpretations of the works of Shakespeare, from Ian McKellen's Richard III, to Ethan Hawke's Hamlet, except OSC can't help himself from injecting into the play great swathes of his own particular brand of bigotry.  From the Rain Taxi review:

Here's the punch line: Old King Hamlet was an inadequate king because he was gay, an evil person because he was gay, and, ultimately, a demonic and ghostly father of lies who convinces young Hamlet to exact imaginary revenge on innocent people. The old king was actually murdered by Horatio, in revenge for molesting him as a young boy—along with Laertes, and Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, thereby turning all of them gay. We learn that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are now "as fusty and peculiar as an old married couple. I pity the woman who tries to wed her way into that house."
OSC has publicly declared his homophobia... here, and, I don't have much patience for this kind of nonsense, so here's Scott Lynch's elegant response, and Amanda Downum's reaction.

Today is also National Buy A Book Day!



I recommend you head out into the world today and buy a book, any book, even Scott Card's Hamlet book, if you want to, because the best thing to do with any ideology you find objectionable is to share and discuss and examine it.  

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2 comments:

John Ottinger III (Grasping for the Wind) said...

Thanks for mentioning NBBD!

mri said...

My pleasure, John; I'm just trying to help make reading cool again :)

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