The Shakespearean Heroes Science Fiction Should Steal FromCharlie Jane Anders8/19/09 4:10pm751EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkWilliam Shakespeare was the J.J. Abrams of his day, reinvigorating Elizabethan England's worn-out action-adventure franchises. And Shakespeare's writing still has clues for today's story-smiths. Characters who switch from nice to nasty? Secret passions? Strange disguises? The Bard got there first.