Analysis: Three and a Half Years of Shakesqueer

I consider myself incredibly lucky that anybody reads what I write. This began as some articles that my friends would see and that would keep them entertained for a couple of minutes every week. Even after a year and a half of doing this, it never felt like much more than me spouting my opinions into the void. At three and a half years, I think it may be time to realise that this has become more than just a hobby. It’s become a part of my life and I couldn’t be happier about that. It’s led to some amazing opportunities and has allowed me to meet some incredible people (who I’ll hopefully get to have an IRL conversation with some day.)

It’s been two years since I did an analysis piece, primarily because I kept forgetting to, but it’s wound up being the perfect amount of time between them. There are very few articles here that were in the last analysis, although one section remains noticeably unchanged. Some edits in creation have been made too. The lists and editorials have been merged, since I figure the former acts as a subsection of the latter, and the word counts now include every word except the titles.

The one thing that hasn’t changed though is my gratitude. Whether you’re new or you’ve been around a while, I can’t thank you enough for paying attention to my ramblings. So, without further ado, I give you…DATA!

Longest Reviews

Avengers: Endgame (2576 words)

The Matrix Trilogy (2400 words)

Pixar Theatrical Shorts (2228 words)

Independence Day Duology (2021 words)

Avengers Assemble (2004 words)

It makes sense that for the impact the MCU has had on my life that the first and last installments would make it onto this list, although for different reasons. The first half of the Assemble review is a discussion about the horrific personal actions of the director whilst there was just so much to unpack with Endgame that it’s a miracle it wasn’t longer. Noticeably, the other three pieces are compilations, but the PIXAR one is the one I’m proudest of here because, unlike the other two, it’s entirely new. Considering PIXAR and the place they have in animation history, it’s a surprise that this one isn’t longer either.

Shortest Reviews

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (257 words)

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (270 words)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (285 words)

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (316 words)

Pride (378 words)

Totally unchanged from the last time and it probably always will be. The initial reviews for the Star Wars saga were written for Tumblr (don’t bother looking, you won’t find them) and the “Authors Notes” sections were added to beef them up a bit to be more “professional”. It seems almost fruitless now and I’ve considered writing new reviews from scratch to replace these pieces but I’ll never hide them. They are the earliest works that I have and, if nothing else, serve as a reminder of just how far I’ve come.

Longest Editorials

The Small Things 2021 (9749 words)

Superhero Rights: The Story So Far (6535 words)

The Small Things 2020 (4276 words)

Doctor Who is Dying and the BBC are to Blame (3996 words)

The TROS Defense (3064 words)

Three more compilations on this list, with the final two pieces being more editorial. Although, Superhero Rights was one that I’d initially planned to release at once before it became unwieldy and splitting it up made more sense. To this day, it technically remains unfinished because I was waiting for some major film rights updates to pen an epilogue of sorts but they’re in such a state of flux that it may be a couple of years before that comes to fruition. As for the TROS Defense…I stand by it. It may come across as slightly arrogant or like I was in a deep state of denial about how bad TROS was but I’m proud of how well researched and written it is.

Shortest Editorials

Ranking the Middle Earth Saga (338 words)

10 Films I’ll watch in 2020 (424 words)

Ranking the Star Wars Saga (439 words)

2022 Oscar Predictions (447 words)

Growing Up with the MCU (452 words)

More compilations, this time covering areas that don’t require so many words. Sometimes there is only so much that can be said or that needs to be said, to the extent that even I can’t ramble too long. That Star Wars list could probably do with an update considering it hasn’t been touched since TLJ came out. I’m always surprised at how short that MCU piece is, considering the importance of it. At the time, it was the most personal thing I’d ever written, but I’ve started pouring so much of my soul into some of my pieces that this likely isn’t the case any more. I still love it though and I still miss Stan Lee.

Word Counts

Reviews: 146,847

Editorials: 60,383

Total: 206,599

Number of Pieces

0-500: 13 reviews, 6 editorials

501-1000: 87 reviews,18 editorials

1001-1500: 59 reviews, 6 editorials

Over 1500: 9 reviews, 10 editorials

Total: 159 reviews, 40 editorials

Palindromic Pieces

10 Films I’ll Watch in 2020 (424 words)

10 Films I’ll Watch in 2021: Retrospective (464 words)

The Matrix Resurrections (757 words)

Cars 3 (1001 words)

The Incredibles (858 words)

Jessica Jones Series 1 (707 words)

Kingsmen: The Secret Service (646 words)

The Lego Batman Movie (676 words)

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer

Analysis: A year and a half of Shakesqueer

I’ve been on quite the journey since I started writing this blog. When I started, I had just turned 22 and I’d been engaged for an entire year, but I was still living in my mother’s house. Now, here I am living with my fiance, and our cats, having been at my retail job for a year. If you’ve been here throughout all of that, very little of that or if this is your first trip here… thank you.

In celebration of our time together, and because I like sorting things, I thought it might be of interest to somebody to see some blog statistics. This has been a time consuming effort, not made any easier by my continuous upload schedule which then also has to be taken into account. So without any further ado, I give you… DATA.


1- Cats (2019) [1612 words]

2- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [1443 words]

3- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [1281 words]

4- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [1274 words]

5- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [1224 words]

This list did not come as a surprise to me. It would make sense that the longest films I have reviewed would end up having the most to write about. In the case of Cats (2019) it is, I believe, a case of passion on my part. At just under 2 hours, it is far from the length of LOTR, but the decisions made during the production of this movie are truly baffling. My confusion was at an all time high, and when I write from a place of emotion, it is difficult to stop. What I find most interesting about this list is that the second film in each of the Middle Earth trilogies doesn’t make the cut. This actually aligns with my ranking of the entire saga, where I have these films as the least good in their respective trilogies.


1- Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith [266 words]

2- Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace [277 words]

3- Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones [294 words]

4- Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi [325 words]

5- Pride [379 words]

In a highly un-shocking turn of events, my earliest reviews end up being the shortest. I initially wrote my reviews for the Star Wars saga in 2015 on Tumblr, and even adding to them 4 years later, I couldn’t pad them out all that much. The interesting part here is that both A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back fail to appear on this list, but at 390 and 459 words respectively, they were close. Perhaps the most noticeable piece on here is Pride, which was the first review of a queer film that I did. Carol, I Love you Phillip Morris, and Love Simon all run slightly short as well with 491, 535 and 493 words respectively. I’m still figuring out how to write for queer films because, of all the films I watch, they are the most important. You’ll find that I actually spend most of my time in those reviews writing about how they made me feel as opposed to the production of the films themselves.


1- Superhero Rights: The Collection [6540 words]

2- The TROS Defense [3066 words]

3- Disney Minus [1776 words]

I remain immensely proud of these 3 pieces and stand by everything I said in the latter 2. I have put 3 editorials instead of 5 because there are so many fewer of them than there are reviews. In fact, I have only published 13 editorials in total, only one of which (Growing up on the MCU) was under 500 words. Superhero Rights came about for 2 reasons. Firstly, my family is not as versed in the lore of film companies as I am and I felt like I could at least try to bring them up to speed (because of course the tides have shifted again since its release). The second was that I have a real love for history and nothing fascinates me more than a good story. I was already interested in researching this history for my own purposes before realising, like many creators, that I might as well make some content out of it.


1- Suit Up: In defense of Comic Book Accuracy [561 words]

2- Remakes and Retribution [664 words]

3- Franchising [790 words]

Once again, we find my earliest work in this field to be the shortest. There is, I think, no better testament to how much my writing skills have improved than by comparing these lists. I used to worry that all of my pieces would fall short of what I wanted, but now most of them reach at least 1,000 words. Since I find this paragraph falling short, it is perhaps time that I admitted something to you… many of my editorials aren’t actually editorials. By definition, an editorial is an opinion piece, but I found myself unsure what to call these pieces that I had written. It was in this moment that my mind was cast back to the earlier days of The Nostalgia Critic and his editorials. It may not be accurate, but it’s about the only thing that I could find that fit so it stuck.


Reviews- 60,366 words

Editorials- 22,371 words

Lists- 2,668 words

Total- 85, 405 words


Reviews- 10

Editorials- 1

Lists- 2

Total- 13


Reviews- 46

Editorials- 5

Lists- 3

Total- 54


Reviews- 19

Editorials- 8

Lists- 0

Total- 27


Reviews- 75

Editorials- 14

Lists- 5

Total- 94


A Bug’s Life [660 words]

Brave [880 words]

Doctor Who Series 1 [670 words]

Independence Day [710 words]

Lilo and Stitch [710 words]

Monty Python and the Holy Grail [460 words]

Scooby Doo (2002) [1,200 words]

Shin Godzilla [1,130 words]

Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope [390 words]

Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker [1,090 words]

Franchising [790 words]

Superhero Rights: The Collection [6,540 words]

Shakesqueer: The Early Years [1,270 words]


The Matrix Reloaded [777 words]

Ranked: The Star Wars Saga [444 words]

There is something particularly pleasing about these. It could be the euphoria of achieving this without even trying. It could be because 777 is so close to 666 and Neo is a Christlike character. It could be because Star Wars as a franchise started with Episode 4.

Going forward to aim to keep a better catalogue of what I’ve written and, perhaps, if the mood strikes me I may do this again some day. Until then, thanks for taking an interest.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer