I see this question all the time on Twitter. If Shakespeare were alive today he’d be writing soap operas. He’d be hanging out with Lady Gaga. He’d have a blog. And so on.
Pretty much all of those come from folks with little more than the typical knowledge of “Shakespeare as great writer” much like you’d associate “Einstein” with “genius” without having a clue about what the latter contributed to science. Ya know?
So I’m curious. Most of us here are fairly well versed in Mr. Shakespeare, all facets of his life. What *do* we think he’d be doing?
Here’s a couple to get it rolling:
* I highly doubt he would have had a shotgun marriage to Anne Hathaway. That alone could alter his whole life story.
* He could work “virtually” anywhere, and wouldn’t have to leave his wife and kids in one town while he trekked off to live miles away for most of the year.
* He’d have the potential for worldwide recognition, and as such could have potential audiences with a number of world leaders. However, unlike his own time, he wouldn’t be constrained by fear of pissing off those leaders and ending up in jail. He could be much more direct in his political commentary.
* Assuming he made a success of himself I expect he’d spent a great deal of time suing people for copyright infringement. Back in his day it was much harder to bust people for it, but we do know that Shakespeare was the litigious sort who wouldn’t let a debt go unanswered, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him attempt to go after the pirates.
* While he’d be good at self promotion and no doubt have a fairly significant brand associated with his name, I wouldn’t expect to see him hanging out on Twitter for example. Why give it away? He’s a business man, people pay him for what he writes.