Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bechdel Test Tuesday!

Welcome back for another exciting addition of Bechdel Test Tuesday! Now you have to shout that last part like a game show host, otherwise it’s simply not as fun. Are you all as pumped as I am (of course you are!)? First time looking in on my awesome weekly meme? Well then here’s a quick overview of what the Bechdel Test is all about.

Well, last week the book Rebecca passed the challenge with flying colors! Will it be quite so simple for the book I pick this time around? It’s time to find out. Let's step up to the plate with…Othello!

Othello by William Shakespeare
1. Does it have at least 2 women in it?
It does. Though not a lot. Only 3 women total.
2. Do they talk to each other?
Only 2 of them talk to each other: Desdemona and her maid, Emilia.
3. About something besides a man?
Nope nope nope nope nope! Unfortunately Emilia and Desdemona do have lengthy conversations but it is ENTIRELY about Othello! What's he thinking? Why is he acting like this? Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
Sorry Shakespeare. I’m going to have to fail you. But I had a feeling it was coming with what this play was about and all…better luck next time!

Tune in next week for another awesome installment of Bechdel Test Tuesday! And if you have any suggestions for future titles to be featured, please leave them in the comments :)


bookspersonally said...

I love this meme! Poor Shakespeare, better luck next time dear bard!

R said...

Ahaha, what a fabulous meme! Somehow I suspect that most of Shakespeare's plays would fail, seeing as how a lot of them are about romance. To be fair, though, a lot of the time the men have lengthy conversations about women!

llevinso said...

Thanks you two!

I agree R. I don't think this is Shakespeare's area ;)

Wall-to-wall books said...

Hahaha that's so funny! Can't wait for the next one!