I am fa-reeking OUT.
I just learned on frog-Zeba's blog that BBC has made a new adaptation of Shakespeare's "mini series" -- Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, and Henry V. I have an older version they made, and this one looks amaaazing!
Scene from the old one, An Age of Kings...
My lurv affair with this started when I saw Kenneth Branagh's Henry V in the theatre.
I watch it over and over. I got the idea to write a comedic modernisation--of Paris Hilton type fool who inherits her parent's company and turns out not to be an idiot. So then I started studying the three previous plays, to see how far back I wanted to start the story, and to figure out back story. They're actually better plays than Henry V, which is sort of pro-war pro-England propaganda. Orson Welles made a great adaptation of the Henry IVs called Chimes at Midnight.
I've worked out a fair amount of that book's characters and plot. It will probably include pirates. Many of the characters (Hal, Falstaff) are now women. When I'm done with my current book, that's the one I'm vair excited to write.