A Midsummer Night’s Dream Takes Home the Championship

As you get ready for tonight’s and tomorrow’s NCAA championship games, we’re here to present to you the winner of Shakespeare’s Sweet Sixteen.

It was a bloody finish. First, Henry IV Part 1 took out All’s Well that Ends Well in a blowout victory that shocked the pundits. Then—and we’re not sure if it was the love juice, the kooky cast of characters, or Puck’s final speech—something wowed our thousands of voters, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream took home the trophy.


Let’s celebrate this dramatic victory extravagantly—after all, you can never have too much of a good thing when it comes to Shakespeare.

What’s your take on the results? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Shakespeare16.

Big Upset in Shakespeare’s Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen plays began the battle, and now only eight remain. Vote to your heart’s content to keep your horse in the running and protect your bracket. The winner is far from a foregone conclusion.


Check back in next week to see who advanced!

The Ides of March (Madness): Shakespeare’s Sweet Sixteen

March Madness is in the air, and you know what that means: it’s time to get your brackets in order. Last year, you voted, and To Kill a Mockingbird won the literary bracket. This year, Shmoop’s bracket is all Shakespeare all the time.

Vote for your favorite Shakespeare plays below, and alloweth the best sir to winneth! Or something.

Check back in next week to see who advanced to the next round.

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Literary March Madness Champion Announced

Mockingjay vs. Mockingbird: Shmoop tallies up the votes and awards the 2014 Literary March Madness Tournament Trophy.

After four intense rounds and thousands of votes, Shmoop is proud to announce their 2014 Literary March Madness winner. With 55% of the vote, To Kill a Mockingbird has risen above its page-turning competitors to become the ultimate champion.


A Cutthroat Competition

Shmoop’s Literary March Madness began with sixteen competitors divided into four genres: British Literature, Dystopian Literature, American Literature, and World Literature. Over 14,000 votes were cast to determine the favorite book.

In the final round, To Kill a Mockingbird went toe-to-toe with experienced competitor The Hunger Games. While the popular dystopian novel has topped Shmoop’s most-visited page list for three years running, Harper E. Lee’s classic pulled ahead at the last moment and defeated Suzanne Collins’s YA favorite. What did Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of The Hunger Games, have to say about coping with her loss? “Peeta says it will be okay,” Everdeen shared. “We still have each other. And the book.”

A Champion Crowned

To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. Loosely inspired by author Harper E. Lee’s childhood growing up in the American South, the book tells the tale of young Scout Finch as she observes the deep-seated racism of her hometown and learns how to stand up for what—and who—she believes in. Shmoop’s Literary March Madness trophy isn’t the first major award for Mockingbird. In 1961, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Literary March Madness: Championship Round

Sixteen entered, and only one will come out on top. Will Katniss Everdeen repeat her Hunger Games success and be the last book standing? Or will Scout’s luck (and ham outfit) keep her safe from Katniss’s bow and arrow?

Make your vote known by tomorrow, Thursday, April 3rd at 11 p.m. PT. And may the odds be ever in the best book’s favor!


Literary March Madness: Final Four

And then there were four.

Who will make it to our championship round next Wednesday? Will it be Katniss with her bow and arrow skillz? Hamlet with his daddy issues? Scout with her Southern sass? Liesel and her sticky fingers?  Vote now or forever hold your peace.


Literary March Madness: Elite Eight

Shmoop’s March Madness is back, and we’ve got an Elite Eight fighting for their place as best book ever.

Vote your hearts out and stay tuned for our Final Four to be announced on Wednesday.


British Lit

Dystopian Lit

American Lit

World Lit