Cranky Brit washes hands of Shakespeare. Film at 11.
So why bother with Shakespeare at all? Isn't life just too short for theatre in a language barely understandable - in iambic pentameter or blank verse - featuring a character called Bottom?
I've found it rather liberating to say that I've had it with Shakespeare. And as with many things in life, once you admit it, you find that all sorts of other people agree. Suddenly everyone's saying that Shakespeare has ruined their cultural lives.
So perhaps it's time more people stopped feeling that they ought to like Shakespeare, and just admitted that they don't. It's time we pulled together and proclaimed enough is enough. As Shakespeare himself says: 'To thine own self be true.'