I’ve been reading the Manga Classics since the beginning and I really like how they bring classics to life in a new way. Especially some stories have been told so many times in so many different ways that it is difficult to bring something new to the stage (see what I did there?), and now they have branched into a new field: Shakespeare. Shakespeare has been turned into manga before (at least I believe I saw some lying in The Globe shop last year, but I haven’t read those (yet)).
They start with Romeo and Juliet, probably a logical choice but also one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays. All the original text is included, and the drawings help with understanding some of the more difficult metaphors if needed. Manga really lends itself into exaggerating personalities into caricatures (especially with characters like the nurse which already have these tendencies).
Nice artwork make a nice adaptation, but I would be looking forward to other plays which are said to come soon!
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Delightful read of a class of teens attending the Shakespeare Scholars summer class in Verona, Italy. There are many false steps that lead to hurt feelings turning to love.
I loved this book. Some of the students are very into Romeo and Juliet. Some are out of their league and world. I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the repartee between them as they argue about how to answer the letters sent to Juliet for answering, which is part of their class. I also enjoyed how the tables get turned on them all when it comes to love.
Just so much fun. I was sorry it ended.
Shakespeare’s plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant…to be played.
What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? This choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet—packed with fun puzzles, secrets, and quadrillions of possible storylines—lets you decide where the plot goes every time you read. You might play as Romeo, or as Juliet, or as both of them at the same time.
This was a fun idea and I really wanted to love it. It reminded me of many of the books that I bought from Scholastic Books during grades 6 and 7, puzzle books, mystery books, that a child could go through multiple times and still find new treats by taking different turns.
I don’t know how many times I started through this choose-your-own-adventure book, trying to actually follow the Bard’s version of the story, only to get distracted by goofy story lines that I just couldn’t pass by. Unfortunately, goofy was the general standard of the various branchings and the writing was a great disappointment. Less silliness and more depth would have been welcome.
I still don’t know if it was even possible to get to the traditional ending of the play. I lost interest in trying after about a dozen attempts.