Bastard of the Week: Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing

If you think I sound bitter, that's because I am. Since first studying 'Much Ado About Nothing', probably my favourite Shakespeare 'comedy', I have always thought that Claudio was a bastard. Now, I know that everything has a 'happy ending'. It's a comedy so everyone gets married which, given the circumstances, is uncomfortably hilarious. Just … Continue reading Bastard of the Week: Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing

Bastard of the Week: Captain Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

I learnt the full and despicable truth of Captain Phoebus when my sister first read the novel. Phoebus is a handsome nobleman, and I’m afraid that that is where the comparison ends; he is vain in both his birth and his good looks and completely self-obsessed. Comparing canon-Phoebus with Disney-fandom-Phoebus, you can see why my sister complained to me about what a truly hideous character he was, and awarded him Bastard of the Week.