Lo sostiene lo scrittore canadese Stephen Marche in un articolo sul New York Times Magazine. "Shakespeare described the terrifying beauty of the adolescent so early in its development, and so definitively and so thoroughly, that it is only slightly an exaggeration to say that he invented teenagers as we know them today. Romeo and Juliet, his extended study of the humiliations and glories of adolescence, is the biggest hit of all time and, unlike most of Shakespeare's works, it has never slipped out of fashion. It has been adapted across genres and eras, into operas and ballets and musicals". nytmag.