By comparing and contrasting "10 Things I Hate About You" with "The Taming of the Shrew" it will be shown clearly that "10 Things I Hate About You" was derived from the Shakespearean play, "The Taming of the Shrew" and is much more relevant to our times. It is obvious and easy to see that "10 Things I hate About You" was directed more towards an audience of teenagers where "The Taming of the Shrew" was directed for an audience of adult and older people. .
Both of the movies have very similar plot lines and can relate very closely to one another in many ways. In "10 Things I Hate About You" pretty and popular Bianca, a sophomore doomed to go through high school without ever having a date; and Kat, her older sibling, an ill-tempered harridan whose wit is matched only by her steadfast determination to alienate any guy who might be remotely interested in her. Unfortunately, strict rules in the Stratford household forbid Bianca from having a boyfriend until her odious sister has one of her own, a situation that seems highly improbable considering the notorious Kat has chosen the role of social rebel at Padua High. Bianca's desperation for romance turns into a scheme to match Kat with her male equivalent - a teen whose reputation is so infamous, Kat rises to the challenge and finds him worthy of her concealed charms. Mating mayhem ensues when Patrick Verona (Ledger) - a senior with a reputed criminal past, is bribed by Bianca's wannabe boyfriend (Keegan) to woo and win Kat, in order to clear the way for Bianca to begin dating. In the end, both sister end up falling in love, even though Kat hates everything about it. .
In "The Taming of the Shrew" .
There are many similarities in "10 Things I Hate About You" and "The Taming of The Shrew" such as the names relating to one another. The older sister in both movies is named Katherine, also known as Kat in "10 Things I Hate About You" and the younger sister is named Bianca in both.