How “10 Things I Hate About You” Is A Cinematic Masterpiece


Hope Reiman, Staff Writer

I am not one to watch rom-com’s; I simply do not like romance that much. Still, there’s one romantic comedy that I could watch a million times and never get tired of. With iconic actors and a timeless story, 10 Things I Hate About You is a set classic that has withstood the test of time and is a must watch. Sure, it seems like just another 90’s rom-com, and to some that’s all it is, but what a lot of people don’t realize is it was actually based off a classic Shakespeare play. Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare is a classic but not as well-known play about a boy, Lucentio, who is love with Bianca. The catch is that he can’t marry her until her older sister, Katherina, is married. Sound familiar? 10 Things I Hate About You even uses the same names Taming of the Shrew. Kat, who represents Katherina, is established as being, well, a little rough around the edges, or a shrew. When looking at the definition of what a shrew is, it makes complete sense. A shrew is defined as “a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman.” This perfectly defines Kat. Later in the movie she is set up with Patrick, who represents Petruccio from the play. Identical to each other, both couples end up together with a happy ending. 10 Things I Hate About You has withstood the test of time and will continue to be loved for generations by many.