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which I have pinched from [personal profile] verdande_mi  and like them I'm only answering the questions I want to answer.

Questions 1 to 20 )
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Here is the second part of the Meme Answers Post.  Part 1.  This time all answers are BBC Sherlock.

Meme answers part two )
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Last month I set one of those 15 characters memes (whereby I listed 15 characters and my flist suggested questions based up character numbers).  There were quite a number of questions, so I've decided to split the answers into two parts.  This is particularly useful because I cheated slightly and used both ACD and BBC versions of the Sherlock Holmes characters.  Today's answers are all ACD Holmes.  Part 2 will be posted on Sunday.
Meme answers part one )
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I'm having a few days away next week, but in the meantime it's fairly quiet, so I thought I revisit a couple of memes:

15 characters ).

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AO3 meme )
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Copied from daria234 because I thought it was a bit different.

Rules:
• List 1-10 pairings/prompts that you have been dying to read. Maybe it's a really rare pairing or something you've requested on any of the past smut memes/exchanges/etc which haven't been fulfilled.  (Okay, I don't go on smut memes, because I'm me.)

• When you see this posted on your friends' journals, you may do one of the following:
- Write it.
- Link to one that's already been written, whether by you or someone else.
-Talk about if you are also interested in this type of fic/think this pairing would be fun.
- Nothing - it's just a wishlist! It's a conversations starter and just for fun.

• There are no length or rating limits, and prompts may be duplicated. Be specific in your prompts particularly in reference to any requirements that may hinder your appreciation of the fic.

• There is no deadline for this, but once your ten prompts have been written to your satisfaction you are welcome to make a new post starting over. You may write your own prompts if you want. If your tastes change, you can certainly switch out one prompt for another at any time.


TO REITERATE: this is not a "request" list but a "wish" list, if anything inspires you and you want to write it, I'd be super happy, but I'm not trying to fish for people to write my dream fic here, it's just in good fun.

My fic preferences: Prefer no character death generally, there are one or two exceptions; no porn, because as I said, I'm me; no torture (Lucas is obviously the exception, but no actual torture), no graphic violence.

Rating wise, no M or E (not a surprise, given my preferences. Mini casefics and silly crackfic and character studies and all other genres equally liked.

My list: (in no particular order)

1. Sherlock Holmes (ACD): It's gone very quiet in the broom cupboard lately.  Have the Holmes/Hopkins and Watson/Lestrade partnerships moved elsewhere, or has Mrs Hudson finally bought the unpickable lock? Peace & Quiet by Okapi

2. Spooks (MI5): Lucas North/Adam Carter  Anything, especially if there is cake involved.

3. Robin Hood (BBC): Guy of Gisborne/Much.  Anything (yes, I know I'm the only one who writes this!)

4. Forever (TV): Anything involving Henry and Abe, because I miss them.  Wonderful in Theory by [personal profile] nagi_schwarz 

5. Call the Midwife: Any storyline.  Gen, acknowledging canon relationships but not majoring on them.

6. Grantchester: I feel so sorry for Leonard.  Sidney needs to take responsibility for his actions, but Leonard is doing all he can.

7. North & South: Married life for Mr and Mrs Thornton.

8. Sherlock Holmes & Dr Watson (1980) I've recently discovered this series and anything with Holmes and Watson, especially if it involves Holmes love of marmalade.  The Case of the Six Marmalades by [personal profile] sanguinity 

9. My Dearly Beloved Detective. Another recent discovery. Anything with Shirley and Jane.

10. The Hobbit (films): Thorin/Bilbo.  Yes, there is lots on AO3, but what I crave is short fluffy ficlets, not wading through 20K+ words.
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Last week I posted a meme, so here are the answers.  If there are any further questions, please feel free to ask and I will reply in the comments:

Guy of Gisborne and Henry Morgan (Forever) are asked to house sit for Much for a week while a holiday is enjoyed. How well does this work out?  [livejournal.com profile] debriswoman

Guy spends most of it mooching around, missing Much and sleeping in his bed.  Meanwhile Henry noses around at everything.  Since I don’t see Much as being very tidy, I doubt Henry moving stuff makes much difference.  Much arrives home unexpectedly early, to find Guy asleep and hugging Much’s pillow.  Much decides there are better things for Guy to hug, and Henry withdraws discretely.


John Thornton (North & South) and Moriarty (The Librarians version) have to put together a flat pack wardrobe. Does involving Thorin Oakenshield make things better or worse?  [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles

John Thornton is quite practical and Moriarty is willing to provide the odd hand and hold things.  Moriarty is also able to translate the flat pack instructions into English for normal people, so they are making reasonable progress until Thorin arrives.  The dwarf doesn’t have a clue and causes all sorts of problems, with drawers going in upside down.  Eventually John and Moriarty shout at Thorin to stay out of the way and he retires with a hurt expression.  To cheer him up they let him make proper door knobs.


Harold Finch (Person of Interest), Stanley Hopkins, Much and John Reese (Person of Interest) are trapped (snowstorm, or other natural disaster) in a cottage/cabin for a week and are running perilously short of food. What do they do? Fuck/fight/kill and feed/go out saying they might be some time?  [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic

Harold and John Reese have spent most of the week fucking anyway – because what else do you do.  Much moans because he’s hungry.  Reese announces he will go for help, Hopkins says it would be stupid to go by himself, so he will go too.  Harold makes the grand gesture of going out and being some time, but is shouted down and Reese says he’s not leaving him so he’ll have to come.  And Much, despite his whingeing is quite hardy, so they all four venture out together.  And then, because they work well as a team, they find a pub and stay there until the thaw.


John Watson sees Adam Carter and Sherlock Holmes together under 'suspicious' circumstances. What does John Watson do?  [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby

John walks around a bit, trying to make sense of things, alternating between ‘there’s a perfectly innocent explanation’ and ‘how could he?’  Finally John goes home, Sherlock takes one look at him, deduces where he’s been and therefore what he’s seen and tells him not to be so ridiculous, the ‘action’ was in full view of a security camera and was done to wind Mycroft up.  John half believes Sherlock, but still has doubts, until he sees Adam on the sofa with Lucas North, where they are behaving for real in the way Sherlock and Adam had been only acting earlier.  John insists he and Sherlock copy them.


Would Bilbo Baggins and Greg Lestrade have been friends if they met as children?  [livejournal.com profile] garonne

Bilbo is generally friendly and Greg Lestrade is also accepting of people, so I think they would have been friends.  I can imagine they would have gone on adventures together, probably to the horror of both families.  So yes, slightly odd friends, but friends nevertheless.

Meme Time

Dec. 12th, 2016 05:30 pm
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Because it's been a while since I've done one.  This was pinched from [livejournal.com profile] classics_lover

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.  I have done this!

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Six and thirteen have an argument, whose side would eleven be on."  So, please ask.

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.  You have ten days; questions will be answered on 22 December.
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Orignally posted by [livejournal.com profile] solosundance and then by [livejournal.com profile] snailbones and now it's my turn:

The 41 questions )
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This time purloined from [livejournal.com profile] vaysh

Begin the next answer with the last letter of the previous answer.

01) Name: Small Hobbit
02) Animal: Tiger
03) Girl's name: Ruby
04) Color: Yellow
05) Movie, or in my case, Play: War Horse
06) Something you wear: Earring
07) Drink: Gin
08) Food: Nut
09) Item in the bathroom: Towel
10) Place: London
11) Reason to be late: Noodling around on the internet.

AO3 Meme

Jul. 21st, 2016 09:06 pm
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Yep, yet another meme, but life is a bit quiet at the moment.  Or if not quiet, not blog-worthy.  So, in honour of having reached 400 works on AO3, I've borrowed this meme from [livejournal.com profile] draycevixen

What’s your first and second most common work ratings?
General (223)
Teen and Up (171)
No surprises there.

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?
Gen (194)
M/M (181)
F/M (25)
Other (1)
Again, no surprises.  A lot of the Gen will be M&M, but friends.  The other is dinosaur/dinosaur.
ETA: There should be two Others: Pot/Kettle being the second. Song of the Onion.

What are your top four fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Sherlock (BBC) (156)
Sherlock (ACD) (79)
Lewis (45)
Spooks (32)
Still active in three of them, but only infreqently active in Lewis. So, generally faithful, but at the same time I do write in several other fandoms on occasion as well.

What are your top four character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
Sherlock Holmes (184)
John Watson (167)
(Greg) Lestrade (147)
Mrs Hudson (49)
This is an inaccurate representation, because the top three are all technically two characters, being in both BBC and ACD Sherlock Holmes.  Mrs Hudson is almost all ACD.  Nevertheless, even if they are split 50/50, they are the characters I write most.

If we look at the top four relationships, they are:
John Watson/(Greg) Lestrade (32)
Sherlock Holmes/John Watson (25)
Sherlock Holmes/Greg Lestrade (19)
Sherlock Holmes/Stanley Hopkins (18)
Again split between two fandoms, although in this case Watson/Lestrade is both, Holmes/Watson is basically ACD, Holmes/Lestrade is BBC, and Holmes/Hopkins is BBC and ACD broom cupboard 'verse.

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
It would appear I have 6 WIPs (on the basis I have 394 completed works).  Of these, Ferret Tales (ad hoc), Mouselet's Monthly Column (monthly) and The Private Journal of Dr Watson (weekly) are all being regularly updated.  A Taste of Honey will be finished in September.  And I haven't a clue what the other two are - possibly works I believe finished, but have failed to change the details.  In addition Co-operation, which is a Sherlock/Spooks crossover series, will be completed by the end of this year/early next year.
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It's hot and I'm not feeling inspired, so have another meme, this one pinched from [livejournal.com profile] daria234

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!
Not necessarily my favourite, but 5. In alphabetical order for ease of something.

1. Lewis
2. Person of Interest
3. Robin Hood (BBC)
4. Sherlock (BBC)
5. Spooks (Series 7 to 9)


Who’s your favorite character in 2?
Difficult. Bear (the dog).

Who’s your least favorite character in 1?
Any of senior policemen who are incompetent.

What’s your favorite season of 5?
Series 7

What’s your favorite ship in 3?
I write Guy of Gisborne/Much, even though we never actually see them together. But I don't care.

Who is your anti-ship in 2?
Reese/Carter. Not because I dislike either character. And I'm quite happy with Reese & Carter.

How long have you watched 1?
I watched the first few series on and off, but from series 5 onwards I think.

How did you become interested in 3?
I watch everything Sam Troughton (Much) is in.

Who’s your favorite actor in 4?
Rupert Graves (Lestrade). Followed by Andrew Scott (Moriarty) who is a brilliant stage actor.

Which show do you prefer: 1, 2, or 5?
Person of Interest, although I haven't seen the final season yet.

Which show have you seen more episodes of: 1 or 3?
Lewis, because there are more than Robin Hood.

If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
None of them, I'm not keen on the current characterisation of any of them. Possibly Mrs Hudson.

How would you kill off your favorite character in 2?
I am not killing Bear!

Give a random quote from 1.
"A walking Wikipedia" "Only more accurate"

Would a 3/4 crossover work?
Of course it would, although sorting the time dimension could be difficult.

Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.
Can't think of any.

Has 5 inspired you in any way?
I've written a lot of Lucas North hurt/comfort and angst.

Overall, which show has a better cast: 2 or 4?
Person of Interest. I know Sherlock has the bigger names, but I think the names have started to dominate.

Which has better theme music: 3 or 5?
Robin Hood
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27: How/where do you purchase your books?
Occasionally from book shops, Waterstones if I receive tokens from my mother-in-law, the Book Depository for other new books. And mainly from Ebay - I'm quite happy reading second hand books, since I'll probably only read them once. Apart from generally pre-owned books there are a lot which are library stock withdrawn from service. And when I've finished reading and written my review I take them to the charity book shop in Tewkesbury.

28: An ending you wish you could change [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi
Part of me would like to change the ending of The Hobbit, but in the book I think it was right. And there's always fanfic for the film ;) Just one book? My first thought was The Age of Innocence but I'd have changed so much of that book, maybe then The Doomsday Book so it was more dramatic. As I said to [livejournal.com profile] daria234 in answer to Q7, the ending is important.

30: One book everyone should read [livejournal.com profile] snailbones
Ooh, difficult. I've never been keen on 'everyone should read' because we all have different responses to things. I'd certainly like more people to read the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories to see what's actually said. But I'm going to suggest The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham.

32: OTP or NoTP?
NoTP - that's not generally what I'm reading for.

33: Cute and fluffy or dramatic and deadly?
Dramatic, but not necessarily deadly.

37: A book you are scared is not going to be all you hoped it would be?
The final book in the Temeraire series.

38: What qualities do you find annoying in a character? [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895
Incompetence, as correctly predicted ;) Mistakes happen, unforeseen events occur, people are learning - all of these are perfectly acceptable. But so-called intelligent characters who fail to consider the consequences and those in authority where their incompetence is used as a plot point as much as anything else, just no.

39: Favourite villain [livejournal.com profile] snailbones
Hmm, I'm not sure I have one. A lot of what I read doesn't necessarily have a villain. Some of the baddies in the Discworld series are entertaining. I don't like Moriarty in ACD Sherlock Holmes, but have a soft spot for Andrew Scott's Moriarty in BBC Sherlock; and I really like Moriarty in The Librarians tv series.

40: Has there ever been a book you wish you could un-read? [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895
I suspect I've blanked out any I read some time ago. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, which I felt was a total waste of time, but that would be because I could have read something else, rather than the specific contents.
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And we continue:

15: Post a shelfie [livejournal.com profile] snailbones and [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895

Books )
The first is the shelf by my bed, which includes the books I'm currently reading; the second is the overflow box.

16: Rant about anything book related [livejournal.com profile] daria234
So far, I'm extremely disappointed with the Harry Potter books. The characters are very two dimensional and at the moment, (I'm partway through The Order of the Phoenix) I'd quite happily see Harry disappear without trace. Not to mention all the official cover-up which is doing my competency kink no good whatsoever. If I wasn't going to see The Cursed Child with friends I wouldn't continue. But then I think Jamie Parker and I battle on.

17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations? [livejournal.com profile] margaret_r
It depends on the book and the way it's adapted. I enjoyed the adaption of The Hobbit (although some might say I'm biased). There have been Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie adaptions I've really enjoyed - think Granada Holmes, or David Suchet as Poirot. And I'd never have read either The Jewel in the Crown or Brideshead Revisited if I hadn't seen the TV adaptions first. There have been some great Dickens adaptions, with memorable performances - but there have been others which haven't worked for me at all.

20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn't. [livejournal.com profile] daria234
Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Yes, I know who played the character in the recent Hannibal series, but I read the book first. Like probably isn't the right word, but I had a lot of sympathy for him, and wished the story would work out differently. And relating to the previous question - this was one adaption I enjoyed, but I felt there was a lot of important background which was left out.

23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger?
My parents read, my mother took me to the library, my friends lent me books, so yes.

24: First book(s) you remember being obsessed with [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Lots of school stories: Mallory Towers and St Clare's, followed by the Chalet School books.

26: Do you read from recommendations or whatever book catches your eye?
Lots of recommendations - thank you so much flist, feel free to continue suggesting books. Occasionally something will particularly catch my eye.
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Time to answer some of the questions in the Book meme:

3: First book that had a major influence on you [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi and [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895
It's so long ago, I really can't remember. I'd say so many of them led me to enjoy reading.

4: Quick, you're in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first? [livejournal.com profile] daria234
Violet, um, Violet Watson

6: Public library or personal library?
Personal library, although I have finally joined our local public library. Changing jobs last autumn means I can now get there when it's open. Although I shall still be buying most of my books from Ebay.

7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion? [livejournal.com profile] daria234
The beginning because if it doesn't draw me in then I'm less likely to read it, the middle because I need to continue to be engrossed, but especially the ending - there is such disappointment if the ending of a good book doesn't live up to the rest of it. On the other hand a good ending and I'm instantly off ordering the next book in the series, or another book by the author.

9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name? [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
A hard one, but maybe Katherine Cozens, which was my grandmother's name.

11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?
No surprise to anyone, Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.) [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Not really any particular memories, although countless nights as a child reading late in bed. I still do that! Sitting in bed wearing a thick white fluffy sweatshirt top in winter. And the number of times I'd go into my son's bedroom at night to check on him and remove the book which had fallen over his face when he went to sleep.

13: What character would be your best friend in real life? [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi
I think I'd have to choose Jane Rowland from the Temeraire series.

Book meme

Jun. 22nd, 2016 01:14 pm
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I've been looking at book/reading memes for a while, and have decided to go with this one from [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi as it should give me something to burble on about over the next couple of months.

Give me a number/numbers and I will answer in their own posts. I will also single out some of them myself if there's any I want to tackle that aren't mentioned by one of you :) :)

1: Currently Reading
2: Describe the last scene you read in as few words as possible. No character names or title.
3: First book that had a major influence on you
4: Quick, you're in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first?
5: Favorite series and why
6: Public library or personal library?
7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion?
8: Why are you reading the book you're currently reading?
9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name?
10: Do you listen to music when you read?
11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?
12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.)
13: What character would be your best friend in real life?
14: Favorite item of book merch
15: Post a shelfie.
16: Rant about anything book related
17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations?
18: Favorite booktuber(s)
19: Book that you call your child.
20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn't.
21: Do you loan your books?
22: A movie or tv show you wish would have been a book
23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger?
24: First book(s) you remember being obsessed with
25: A book that you think about and you cringe because of how terrible it was
26: Do you read from recommendations or whatever book catches your eye?
27: How/where do you purchase your books?
28: An ending you wish you could change
29: Favorite female protagonist.
30: One book everyone should read
31: Do you day dream about your favorite books? If so, share one fantasy you have about them.
32: OTP or NoTP?
33: Cute and fluffy or dramatic and deadly?
34: Scariest book you ever read
35: What do you think of Ebooks
36: Unpopular opinions
37: A book you are scared is not going to be all you hoped it would be
38: What qualities do you find annoying in a character?
39: Favorite villain
40: Has there ever been a book you wish you could un-read?
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About a month ago [livejournal.com profile] solosundance posted this meme (which she acquired from [livejournal.com profile] saintvic) it seemed fun, so let's see how we go!

The meme:
1. Go to this website: www.random.org/lists/
2. Pick 15 characters from any fandom or whatever you’re into, type them in, then get your randomized list and match to the entries below.
3. Tag five or more people - or, you know, have a go if you fancy it
4. Have fun!

The meme )
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The second half of the meme I began four weeks ago:

Questions 21 to 40 )
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Half my flist has already done this, so I owe it to them to share my response.  And for the other half - if you want to take part, let me know and I'll give you three names.

[livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby gave me the following: Thorin Oakenshield, Robbie Lewis, Stanley Hopkins.

It appears one school of thought says "Shag" means only once, but that's ridiculous and a total waste.

So here is my answer:

Firstly, Cliff:  Sorry, Robbie, I do like you, but I feel you'd be better off with either James or Laura (depending on your preference).  So I shall find a nice low cliff and let you fall off, hurting yourself sufficiently to require TLC from one or other of them.

Secondly, Shag:  An interesting choice.  I'm sure Stanley would be good, but Thorin, I feel, would be better.  But I certainly don't want to end up married to a Dwarf King.  However, I have nothing against the occasional assignation in Erebor.

Lastly, Marry:  Lovely Stanley.  I feel he'd be very sensible and loving and we'd be very happy together.  There remains the question as to whether I'd be unfaithful to him with Thorin.  But clearly this would be an AU and therefore doesn't count, they are two entirely separate entities.
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Meme swiped from [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895 who got it from [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles (who in turn got it from [livejournal.com profile] rachelindeed )  There are 40 questions in total, but to begin at the beginning ...

Questions 1 to 20 )
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Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] solosundance because it was too good to miss out on.

1) What was the first Shakespeare play you read or saw performed?

We murdered several Shakespeare plays in my early years at grammar school, as to which ones I have no idea - clearly they made very little impression on me.  First play I remember seeing performed was Julius Caesar.  We were taken to the Yvonne Arnaud theatre in Guildford by our Latin teacher, who, on reflection, saw education as being a much wider concept than merely learning declensions and conjugations.  I fell in love with Mark Antony.

2) What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Julius Caesar because I love the dynamics within it.  And yes, my icon is Brutus.  And Henry V.

3) What is your least favorite Shakespeare play?

Controversially perhaps, As You Like It.  This was one of the plays we did murder at school, but I don't think that's the reason.  Nothing grabs me about it.

4) Who do you think wrote Shakespeare; are you a Stratfordian or Oxfordian?

Shakespeare, definitely.

5) Which Shakespeare plays have you read or seen performed?

I don't read the plays before I see them so that's irrelevant.  I've seen 30 performed - I have a Shakespeare plays fridge magnet set and add new plays onto the fridge whenever I see a new one.  The last few are taking longer to collect.

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