So, I diligently read through all 116 pages of this thread and didn't see this peeve, so I'll offer it up to my fellow reader for their review and approval.
A couple of years ago I read a book recommended to me by my MIL, who is a sweet woman, but who has previously mentioned that she has little time for anything but practical nonfiction. Nevertheless, I was happy to read what she had recommended because it's always nice to have something to talk about with your MIL and although we share some interests they don't provide a wealth of conversation.
So, I read this book, and it started out as a nice sort of story about this family that breeds dogs. The writing wasn't spectacular, but I'd read worse, and I was eager to have something to discuss with my MIL. Plus, I like the details about the dog training, and the hints that it was going to go into a deeper exploration of the relationship and interplay between man and animal.
Then I realized that this wasn't a story about dogs. It was the story of Hamlet, with dogs draped over it as a sort of set decoration. I got to the point where there was a recreation of Hamlet's play-within-a-play enacted by trained dogs and the only thing that kept me from chucking that SOB across the room was the fact that it wasn't my book. I managed to slog through the rest of the book, but never even got to discuss it with my MIL. That was probably for the best, because I wouldn't have had very nice things to say and
If I want to read Hamlet, I'll read Hamlet. Trying to tart up your story by adopting the plot of a well-known work of literature is like trying to create art with paint-by-numbers kits. The picture's not yours, and all you're doing is showing your own lack of originality by filling in a famous outline with your own colors. The comparison to Shakespeare (or whoever you've chosen to style your plot after) only serves to highlight your own inadequacies unless you are skilled, careful and, most importantly, have something meaningful to contribute. If you just take Shakespeare and spread spread some dogs on it, you are not doing the world any favors.