You got it. More Shakespeare.
Background: It’s one of my life goals to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. (I know, I know, I know. Nerd alert.) Just slowly chipping away at that specific list.
Style: I don’t know how the style in A Midsummer Night’s Dream differed from Twelfth Night, or if it did at all, but I thought it was much easier to work through. It could have had something to do with my edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, though; the editor included a summary at the beginning of the scene, while my copy of Twelfth Night didn’t. It was a lot easier to understand what the characters were saying when I knew what to expect.
Plot: This play’s plot was easier than others, and as I said before, I think having a summary before each scene was a huge help. The story was also really interesting, though, and made it hard to put down. I liked seeing how all the different characters eventually worked their way into each other’s lives, and I thought the scene where Puck accidentally makes both Lysander and Demetrius fall in love with Helena was absolutely hilarious. I felt bad for Hermina, though. I figure falling asleep next to someone who was supposed to marry you and waking up to find him madly in love with one of your childhood friends is a major “WTF?!” moment. But you’d have to read it to see how everything ends up, of course.
General thoughts: Out of all the Shakespeare plays I’ve read so far, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite. Usually it takes me awhile to read and digest Shakespeare, but I read acts 2-5 in one sitting. If you’re interested in reading any Shakespeare at all, definitely read this one. (By now you’re probably realizing that I’m a serial book-recommender. Seriously, come to my house looking for something to read and I’ll send you off with three or four of my favorites. As long as you promise to give them back… I tend to be a little possessive of my books.)