ARC Review : Pop Sonnets

24869805Title : Pop Sonnets, Shakespearean Spins of Your Favourite Songs
Author : Erik Didriksen
Published : October 6th 2015


(I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books)

The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form.

Rating :


Shakespeare would approve


“If you truly did wish to win my hand,
You should have graced it with a wedding band.

(Single Ladies, Beyonce)”

This is my first foray into what NetGalley has to offer, and I’m glad my first try was with this book.

You know from the beginning that it’s going to be kind of weird, but in a good way. The songs are not in full, but in the form of poems. Usually the chorus is in there too, and you can almost sing along to some of them, even with new lyrics. Whoever said that there’s no poetry in today’s music was obviously quite wrong.

Some are funny, some are clever, some are downright bizarre when you’re reading them (or maybe it’s just the fact that English is not my first language, finally catching up with me – and I thought I was fluent, who am I kidding ?). I loved that most of the songs used “you” instead of specific pronouns, although that’s probably mainly due to the fact that most songs also use “you”. In any case, I feel like it follows some kind of Shakespearian tradition here with the neutrality, and I’m all for it.

All your favourite songs and then some are being Shakespeared. I was cracking up from the beginning (Rick Rolled from the start !) and it stayed a really enjoyable reading until the end.


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