Thou shall reblog thee: Shakespeare in Tumblr
by Shara Mariel B. Escorpizo, BA English Studies: Language
University of the Philippines – Diliman
Disclaimer: All media used in this post are not mine unless otherwise stated.
Growing up to the company of my dolls, being alone has been a habit. I play alone, I watch alone, I do things alone. And in 2009, as a high school Freshman familiarizing myself with the internet, I have been introduced to Tumblr, a micro-blogging site. Since then, I have been more alone than ever.
I first encountered Shakespeare on Tumblr. One regular day of reblogging everything I find aesthetically pleasing, I came across a collection of romantic quotes from Shakespeare’s plays in beautiful typography. Of course, being a young, unattractive teenager, I do not really know how it feels to be wooed by anyone, so romantic quotes was the closest I could get to romance.
Typography using a Shakespeare quote
John Austen’s Illustration of Hamlet
Graphic art of Macbeth from cy-lindric.tumblr.com
But of course, other than these love quotes and stuff to help you call yourself “cultured”, I have learned a lot about the world through Shakespeare in Tumblr.
People speculating about Mercutio’s sexuality
This woman thanking the Lord she’s not Juliet
The signs as Shakespeare plays
This woman and her standards
This person asking the important Shakespeare questions
This blog that knows what’s up with pop music
The escalation of the Shakespeare things I saw went from artsy and innocent to half-SFW, half-NSFW. #startedfromthebottomnowwehere
All of these are just a hint of the random things you see in Tumblr. With how Global Shakespeare is, it is impossible not to have Shakespeare in a social media platform like this one.
“@people Who Think Mercutio Is Straight.” Damn Those Vampires,. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“The Signs as Shakespeare Plays.” Celestial. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“The Only Thing I Want to Be Compared to.” What Am I Doing? Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Was Shakespeare a Grump???” Insert Something Clever Here _______ –. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Bestof-society6.” BEST OF SOCIETY6. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Blue-delusion.” So Maybe I’m the Rosaline and at Least I Don’t… Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Cy-lindric.” The Cylinder’s Den. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Dekehlmark.” Le Prince Lointain. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Empressofperdition.” Internally Screaming. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Nycejonez.” Love Me or Hate Me I Still Win. Something to Think… Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
“Popsonnet.” Pop Sonnets. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.