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The Drama Of It All

Making a case for dramatic literature, or why musical scripts are good reading.

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One type of literature that is regularly ignored as a piece of literature is the script. There has been an uptick in popularity after J.K. Rowling published the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but readers who are not used to the format can find it difficult to read.

A famous example of scripts being published as books is Shakespeare. He is one of the most well-known playwrights in the history of the world likely never intended for his plays to be bound into books, and yet everyone who went to public school in North Carolina had to read Romeo and Juliet at least one time before they graduated high school. Shakespeare, because of his reputation, is one of the few playwrights with books readily available in used bookstores.

The Drama Book Shop, in New York, is a specialty shop that only sells the scripts for any play, musical, or theatrical experience under the sun but they appear to be one of the few stores that choose to give shelf space to volumes other than Hamlet and King Lear. Unless you are involved with theater or enthusiastic about Harry Potter, then odds are that you aren’t interested in sifting through pages of stage directions to discover the overall plot.

Aside from structural differences, scripts and other forms of literature are similar in that they contain carefully placed twists and obstacles that create an engaging story. With the frequency that novels are being turned into

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