A long time ago we had a great discussion over that classic quote about how Shakespeare "never blotted a line," and the follow-up "Would he had blotted a thousand!" Did that imply that he made 1000 mistakes that should have been erased ... or that he could possibly have made room for 1000 more moments of genius?
Tell me your least favorite line(s) in Shakespeare. The one that makes you cringe, and which he'd never written it. Makes you want to just take your red pen and strike it from existence, because it just doesn't *feel* right.
I'm not talking about snipping of entire characters and speeches because you need to cut down on time and/or people. I'm talking specifically about lines that rub you the wrong way because they don't flow like they should, or they sound out of character, stuff like that. As if you were a modern editor and were sending notes back to the author with whatever the mark is that's the editor's equivalent of "WTF were you thinking here, Will?"
I ask because I'm wondering whether people will accept the challenge, or whether I'll get a lot of "Every word Shakespeare wrote was perfect" debate.