A prolific West Midlands blogger has revolutionised the way that the world's major works of literature are displayed today, by publishing the entire canon of playwright William Shakespeare in metadata tag form.
'Studying Shakespeare at school was both difficult and boring,' claims Robert Crossley, Dudley-born author of completeworksofshakespeare.wordpress.com. 'But by breaking down his stuff into non-hierarchical keywords it is much easier to understand what's going on - plus there's the advantage that tags are searchable, so you can skip the boring bits and go straight to the juicy murders.'
Other works to be given the blogging tag treatment include Macbeth, that unsettling tale of ambition, bloodshed and madness, which is now pared down to the key-phrases 'Scottish play', 'Thane of Cawdor', 'witches', 'prophecy', 'murder', 'is this a dagger I see before me', 'King of Scotland', 'spectre', 'washing hands', 'camouflage', 'battle'; and whimsical comedy The Tempest ('Stranded', 'desert island', 'airy spirit', 'magic storm', 'shipwreck', 'three men of sin', 'reconciliation', 'why the hell do they call this crap a comedy anyway'.)
With the complete works of Shakespeare under his belt, Crossley has now set his sights on some of the other literary greats, including Leo Tolstoy's seminal War and Peace ('war', 'peace'), James Joyce's Ulysses ('no idea') and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code ('cobblers').