Here’s a game. Let’s pretend that you’re reading a novelization of one of Shakespeare’s plays. A literary adaptation, if you will. I’m in the middle of Undiscovered Country, to provide an example.
When you write in this style you need to choose (and I’m sure I’ll get my terminology wrong), a narrative voice. Will this story be told in first person, third, or other? The story I’m reading is told from Hamlet’s first person perspective and I found myself thinking, “Is he crazy at this point? Would I the read know he’s crazy at this point, if he doesn’t think he is?”
The closest Shakespeare’s got to this is the soliloquoy, where the audience gets some insight into the inner thought processes of a particular character. But those are few and far between. I’m talking about a literary angle on the play where the entire story is told from a single character, to the point where if something happens that doesn’t include the narrator might as well not have ever happened (except second hand, if the narrator is told about it).
So the game is this. Pick a play, pick a character, and tell us how the story would be told differently if you saw things through that character’s eyes. It’s not even limited to the big questions from the great tragedies. What would Dream be like told from Bottom’s perspective? Or Shrew from the perspective of the Shrew?