While at the London Book Fair I had the opportunity to hear Peter James speak. He is a British author who is known for his crime novels featuring Detective Roy Grace. According to James, crime novels show the best and worst of human nature. He claimed that if Shakespeare were alive today, more than likely he would write detective novels. James reasoned that Shakespeare wrote plays since during his day not many books were published for mass audiences and many of the people did not read. Plays were the best format for him to reach a large audience. However, in today’s world, books are plentiful and his options would have been wide open.
What do all of you think about James’s claim that if Shakespeare were alive today, he would write crime novels?
Also, today is April 23. William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. In honor of his life and works I plan to read at least one of his plays this summer. And I would like your help in selecting which one. Please check out the poll below and let me know which one you think I should read. These are the works that I have in my collection. Thanks and feel free to vote as many times as you want if you really feel passionate. Voting ends this Sunday, April 29th.