Date: 2012-03-31 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supergee.livejournal.com
And it has the plausibility of a sitcom.

Date: 2012-03-31 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brixtonbrood.livejournal.com
And don't get me started on Wuthering Heights

Date: 2012-03-31 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erindubitably.livejournal.com
Where does it say she's 13?

Date: 2012-03-31 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyrie.livejournal.com
There's a scene where the mother and nurse are talking and the mother mentions that she was already a mother at 14, and that Juliet is well old enough to be popping out sprogs.

Date: 2012-03-31 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marrog.livejournal.com
Oh, oh, me, me - I looked this up recently. Apparently the general consensus was that during that time in Italy (and indeed in England among richer families) 13/14 was a more normal age for girls to marry.

Date: 2012-04-01 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] undeadbydawn.livejournal.com
completely true.

by 18, the majority of women were considered 'past it', unlikely to survive childbirth.

Date: 2012-03-31 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khbrown.livejournal.com
How long before someone tries to ban it as promoting paedophilia?

Date: 2012-03-31 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barondave.livejournal.com
Hmm... despite the quote, above, I always took Juliet to be 12. There's a scene with her nurse where she talks about being younger than her mother, who was 13 when she had Juliet.

Date: 2012-03-31 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brixtonbrood.livejournal.com
John Sutherland's comment is that nowadays Romeo would receive a longer sentence for what he does to Juliet than for what he does to Tybalt - though that's clearly an exaggeration for effect.

Date: 2012-03-31 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erratio.livejournal.com
Sounds like a challenge - nothing says romance quite like a high bodycount!

Date: 2012-04-01 04:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Reminds me of how I referred to the film version of Stardust as "The Princess Bride with higher stakes and a higher body count."

Date: 2012-03-31 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marrog.livejournal.com
What they never say is how old Romeo is - 17 is a guess. All the play says is that he doesn't have a beard yet. He was probably a little older than her but it never actually says he's 17.

Date: 2012-04-01 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] undeadbydawn.livejournal.com
that would peg him at roughly 15. Which makes a lot more sense. Most guys have some growth at 16.

and of course, 13-15 is far less of a controversy.

Date: 2012-04-01 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alitheapipkin.livejournal.com
Plus the fact they are a pair of self obsessed teenagers who would probably have split up about 3 days later if they hadn't been dead by then!

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