Hello all! Well this is it. Today is the day that we celebrate the one month anniversary of The MEMEnto Merry column. It feel like yesterday I was just doing that first column. So, to celebrate the occasion I will be revisiting some of my favorite memes that I found during this first month and giving you a little bit of insight as to why I like them.
To start off with let’s look at the Best of Community Finds:
Best of Community Finds:
The One that Started It All:Found by Steven Van Overbeke Originally posted at themetapicture.com
This is the meme that started this column off. I would be remiss not to include this one. What started off as just a random picture quickly grew in popularity to the point that at its peak this picture reached over 20,000 people. It was because of this that I got the idea to create a meme-based column. It really was an interesting week when this was posted for me. I have never had something go viral at all. I guess this just goes to show how much Shakespeare can still impact the living world today.
Dear Taylor Swift:
Oh this one was a great find found by Carter Wroda. The reason I like this one is because of the self-awareness it has both of its subject of Taylor Swift, and the subject awareness that Romeo and Juliet die in the end along with Taylor Swift’s own awareness or blindness that Romeo and Juliet die in the end depending on which side you take. I still crack up every time I see this one.
This one I chose because there is a certain amount of truth that I think this meme posses that people need to understand. Shakespeare was one of the first that did this convention in story telling, and in my opinion, he is the one of the ones that has done it the best. In a way this meme is right though- the killing of characters has become a fad. Look at all the vampire shows and popular books of this day and age, and how often they do it. The Vampire Diaries, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, and The Song of Fire and Ice just to name a few are examples of shows and books that kill an abundance of characters just because they can. Very few times is this actually done to advance the plot. We have in a way, become a society of predictability because of this cliche.
Breathe With No Heir:
I chose this one for its witty word play. Simply put I find this meme keeps getting me to laugh every time I see it.
Like the one above I enjoy this one simply because of the animal, however, it also because for some reason when I found this one I immediately pictured Sid, the Sloth from the Ice Age franchise breaking out in this monologue. That combined with the types of moments Sid would do during the monologue make this a sort of comedic gold that only John Legiuzamio’s over-dramatic acting in his Sid, the Sloth role can give you.
Here are the Best of the Original TSS Memes:
Best Original TSS Memes:
A Rose by Any Other Name:
I like this one because it ask a slightly funny question I don’t think anyone in Shakespeare’s day considered. I am sure many scholars have explored Shakespeare’s text, but did any of them focus solely on this line. It would make an interesting paper to read someday if someone did. If anyone knows of any let me know because I would like to read them.
Is Hamlet Insane?:
This meme has some significance because I don’t think I have seen this question analyzed in a paper or otherwise. Like with the A Rose by any other name quote, it escapes me on whether or not this aspect of Hamlet has ever been explored. I for one would like to see a Hamlet played where he is actually crazy and not just acting crazy to fool people. That would be a treat.
Richard III Hide and Seek Champion of the World:Created by Steven Van Overbeke for The Shakespeare Standard for the column MEMEnto Merry via meme generator.
This meme was created to celebrate the finding of Richard III’s bones last summer. He was one hard monarch to find which is why he is the hide and seek champion of the universe.
Aw Puck!!:Created by Steven Van Overbeke for The Shakespeare Standard column MEMEnto Merry via meme generator.
This one is my absolute favorite of all the original memes I created just because of its cliche yet still witty pun. I still chuckle at it every time I see it.
Well that’s all for this Best Of MEMEnto Merry column. Happy 1 Month Anniversary!! Did I choose your favorite? Let me know. Be sure to like and share these memes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+. We are looking forward to hearing from you all. Also, please consider a donation to The Shakespeare Standard as we are trying to raise money for awesome new features for the website for you the users. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated by us. Hope everyone enjoyed them again. The newer meme column should be out shortly. See you all next week!