Posts Tagged Hamlet
Based on Hamlet, Megachurch Murder focuses on a pastor’s daughter and a scheming ministry. After her pastor father –Hamilton Spears [Malcolm Jamal Warner]–dies in a suspicious bicycle accident Hannah [Shanica Knowles] starts drinking heavily. She soon uncovers information that another pastor– Clay King [Michael Beach] –wanted to expand the church to bring in more money and her father opposed the idea. To complicate matters Hannah starts dating Clay’s son Oliver [Romeo Miller] and her mom [Tamala Jones] is involved with Clay. At one point Clay tells Hannah’s mom Martha: “Get her under control or I will. Our future is bright baby and I’m not letting anything, including Hannah, win it.”
Most murders involve money and perhaps using the guise of a church it’s easier to commit financial crimes. Oliver is the good son and Marcus [Corbin Bleu] is the bad son who does the terrible bidding for his father. There’s even a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern moment with a pair of the congregation who meet with Marcus to “figure out what is wrong with Hannah.” They attempt to poison Hannah by putting money in her flask but she’s so happy with Oliver that she dumps it out, foiling their plan.
Updated Shakespeare plots can be cool. This isn’t the best ever but it’s fun. I’m not into church or the church scene but it works here. Shanica Knowles does an excellent job in the Hamlet role as the brooding and confused daughter.
Title: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
Author: Myrlin A. Hermes
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
Category: historical/literary fiction
Review source: publisher
Watching the scene played, I realized what I had not while writing it: that I had conjured up a portrait of my own deepest desires. I was in love with Hamlet– not as I told myself, merely as devoted friend, not faithful servant, but ardently, passionately.
Hamlet is certainly my favorite Shakespeare play but I’m not a Shakespeare scholar by any means. Author Myrlin Hermes has really delved into Hamlet [and perhaps borrowed some elements from a Midsummer’s Night Dream] and crafted a witty romp of a tale that has a plethora of elements: love, mystery, intrigue, bi-sexuality, cross-dressing, deceit, broken hearts and despair. The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet also addresses that age old question of “Did Shakespeare really write all those plays?” There’s a love triangle between Hamlet, Horatio and the dark woman [here a Baronness] who inspired Shakespeare’s sonnets. Hermes cleverly weaves in phrases and alusions to Hamlet [the play] as often as possible. I took a Shakespeare class at Simmons College but The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet certainly expands far beyond my base of Shakespeare knowledge. I know I missed many of the hidden messages and Hamlet references that Hermes deftly includes in her prose. It’s such an original concept and Hermes carries it out well. Particularly for fans of Shakespeare, The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet is a winning read that turns Shakespeare “topsy-turvy.”