Review: Romeo & Juliet adapted by Gareth Hinds

Published: 2013
By: Candlewick Press
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780763659486
Goodreads

“Gareth Hinds’s stylish graphic adaptation of the Bard’s romantic tragedy offers modern touches — including a diverse cast that underscores the story’s universality.”

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If you aren’t familiar with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet then I shall do you the honor of giving a glimpse:

Two families whom are sworn enemies have a teenager each their own. Capulet’s daughter. Montague’s son. The Capulet’s host a lovely event to which the two teens share some words and there without knowing they were each others enemy have fallen in love. Or lust. Or enamored, whatever you want to call it – they did. Romeo insists that they be married, Juliet agrees and they set a time for the next day. Romeo sends a note to Juliet once he had finalized the plans with the Friar, and there in turn she meets them at Saint Peters Church. Friar marries the teens in secret.

After the marriage, Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, tries to stir problems in the market and a fight ensues, Romeo tries to stop it and results in his cousin, Benvolio’s, death. Tybalt leaves and later comes back; an enraged Romeo fights and slays Tybalt. Romeo is banished from the city. Juliet is announced to an arranged marriage with Count Paris. She runs to the Friar’s cell and demands for a way out or she will commit suicide.

He hands her a vial that will temporarily kill her. Romeo gets wind of her death and runs to the Capulet vault and there dies. Juliet awakens and realizes that she will only be with Romeo in one way but without any remaining poison she stabs herself.

– The end.

*phew*

Something about the “sketchy” art of this graphic novel made the scenes more authentic and the racial mix of characters made the story more interesting. As true to the original author’s script this play was well illustrated.

I’ve always liked the play Romeo and Juliet, so I was quite curious of what the adapting author had done to illustrate tihs classic. I wasn’t disappointed. Without all the scene directions this book was a quick read, I’d recommend it as a transitory book for those reluctant readers.

3 Star

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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