I discovered Shakespeare relatively early in life. My oldest sister had a miniature leather-bound set of Shakespeare's plays, and I found those tiny, cunning little books completely irresistible. Eventually I got around to reading the words inside those little books, and once I got the hang of the style and learned to decipher the meaning of the odd new words and phrases I found, I was hooked. Most girls seem to latch on to Romeo and Juliet right off the bat, but my favorite was always Much Ado About Nothing. I loved the stinging repartee between Benedick and Beatrice, but the story of Claudio and Hero always frustrated me.