Manga Review: Romeo and Juliet

Manga Classics by Crystal S. Chan
Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet 
by Crystal S. Chan (Adapter)William ShakespeareJulien Choy (Artist)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

With all the original dialogue of the play, this manga adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet bursts with old enchantment and romantic drama. The illustrations flow from one panel to the next in a surge of emotional tension, and the action keeps the wordy dialogue from weighing down the storyline.

This would be a great way to introduce Shakespeare to younger audiences, since the dialogue is easier to understand along with the action of the panels.
I loved the characters of Romeo and Juliet. They are passionate and sensitive and full of despair! All the characters are memorable with distinct looks and wardrobe that set them apart.

I especially liked the interpretations of the many metaphors included in the play. There are many Greek and Roman gods and goddesses referenced and used as metaphors, so the illustrations employ a depiction of the gods to show the imagination of the characters as they are speaking. I loved seeing all these whimsical background drawings as the dialogue describes flowery or frightening images. It really enhanced the story!

All the illustrations are lovely, and I thought the whole book was beautifully done! I have loved every Manga Classic that comes out, and I can’t wait to read more of this series!

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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