Romeo and Juliet is ideally suited for the manga format'it has teenage heroes, scheming and villainous adults, heartbreaking tragedy, and the ultimate romantic plot about star-cross'd lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall deeply in love'and they refuse to let their parents' age-old feud get in their way. When Romeo is banished from their town, a series of mistakes and misunderstandings, along with their families' mutual hatred, finally manages to end their love. An exciting introduction to the Bard for reluctant readers and manga fans alike.
I hadn't ever heard of this book before, and I didn't know that this series existed, but I was in the library the other day, with time to kill before meeting up with my mum, and I found this. I decided to pick it up and start reading while I waited, and see how much of it I could read, since I'm taking part in a read-a-thon and I didn't want to waste any opportunity to read.
I ended up finishing the entire book while I was waiting, and I'm really glad that I did.
I loved the blending of Shakespeare's writing, with a modern setting and the illustrations.I think that putting Shakespeare into this format is a good way to get younger readers involved in the story.
I've read Romeo and Juliet before, seen a couple of movie versions and I know that there are plenty of adaptations of this book out there, but this one is definitely worth picking up.
I really enjoyed it, and I'll be checking out the other books in the Manga Shakespeare series.
Overall, it's a quick, fun read and a really interesting way to experience Shakespeare.