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Dana Stevens Soars With Deep Reflections on Classic Drama in “Don’t Bite”

In response to Dana Stevens’s 825‑word review of Romeo and Juliet on Slate 

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2013/10/romeo_and_juliet_directed_by_downton_abbey_s_julian_fellowes_reviewed.html

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Dana Stevens has composed a quiet but sensational piece of work in “Romeo and Juliet: Don’t bite your thumb at it.” The thumbs of mesmerized readers will likely be tormented throughout the reading. Time can only heal.

Don’t Bite is visually pleasing but not in a sexy way. The Slate background is a classic look that offers a hand to the audience, however the lone image of the lovers could have been improved. Most will find it acceptable, and the overall appearance is that of classic beauty in the making.

The content of Don’t Bite will make one pause, and walk around the room after reading. Steven’s has managed to find a magical place with her writing that is piercing, poetic and guides the reader in with honest charm.

Stevens offers a beefy paragraph at the onset of Don’t Bite that provides context, and also contemplates the effect the film may have on the youth of our world.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Don’t Bite is the critic’s commentary on the lead character. Stevens is brutally honest about the contemporary look of Juliet, and careful to point out subtleties that may go unnoticed, except for the hairy unplucked eyebrows of Juliet. The examination of modern Romeo is equally superb.

Don’t Bite refuses to cover only the basics of the film. Stevens shows deep respect for her audience by supplying a thorough look at the setting, script and supporting cast. The words push the review into next-level status, and does so with grace.

Dana Stevens doesn’t just create a wonderful piece of art; she has offered a web page of deep reflection. Don’t Bite is a must-read.    

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