I’m a sucker for lists that might have anything to do with Shakespeare. Greatest books of all time, books you must read, most controversial, most popular … I see a list, I go scanning for Shakespeare.
So when I spotted “The Fictional 100” I was very pleased to see a whole set of Shakespeare characters, including some obvious choices (Hamlet, Romeo+Juliet) and some unusual ones (Troilus and Cressida).
Here’s my problem, though, and why you’re not finding a link to it. The choices don’t actually have any *reason* for why they are the choices. Each page is just a quote from the character, and then a list of books about the character – all Amazon affiliate links, of course.
I *think* that the actual book (yes, there’s an actual book) contains more information. However, I don’t see any samples of that on the web page. I think this is a giant mistake. Use your web site to promote your book, not to try and pick up a few pennies by selling other people’s books.
So, I’m disappointed. I would have liked to see why Falstaff was placed on the list where he was, but I didn’t get that. So, I don’t see much value on that web page for Shakespeare folks. You can google for it if you want, but they won’t be getting any link love today.