Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

After raving about how accurate the Alexlit predictions are the other day, I just finished my top recommendation there, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and I have to say I wasn’t that enthralled by it. I’m really not a big fan of the meta-fictional, and all the musings on the boundaries of being fictional characters and such didn’t do anything for me. The whole exploration of the edges of the stage, being bounded by the roles written for them, I can’t say I cared about any of it.

I’ll accept that the work is brilliant and that I have a blind spot for it. I see it referred to exclusively in superlatives, for the play itself and the 1990 film version. I just didn’t much like either. I didn’t hate them, but finished both out with a big “so what?” It seems like a perfect play for theater geeks. I did get one good laugh out of it, the thing about England not existing because of a “conspiracy of cartographers.” That was the only bit that had any effect me, the rest passed right by without a ripple.

On to the next recommendation!