Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
is one of the most classic tales and has been retold a thousand times in a thousand ways. The version that I will be discussing is Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds. This version uses text that is similar to that of the original version by Shakespeare, but tells the story as a graphic novel.
Personally I believe that Shakespeare is better in its truest form a play with minimal staging or a video of just that. Of course it is not always possible to view Shakespearian plays in that case I believe that it is best read in its original language.
That being said I appreciate that the author of this graphic novel tried to keep the text in its original form. I also understand that when rewriting a story, especial when it is in a different form, it is difficult to keep the original text. Especially when the original text is so intricately written.
I also appreciated the changes in ethnicity of the main characters. As I have said before I am a fan of Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda. I bring this up because both chose change the ethnicities from the expected. I like this because it makes something like history or Shakespeare more accessible to people of color. This also helps to modernize the stories of Shakespeare which everyone can relate to.
In the authors note Hinds explains how he changed the story and geography and why he does this. I really appreciate that he explains his reasoning because like I said before I prefer Shakespeare in its truest form. I like that he explains why he changes things because it proves that he was trying to stay true to the story and cultural context.
Overall I like this version of Romeo and Juliet because it tries to stay true to the original text but changes things so that the story can be seen for how applicable it is to everyone.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a wonderful book about a half cyborg half human girl who discovers that she is the key to saving the world.
Admittedly I read this entire book in what was essentially one sitting. I do believe that had an impact on how I felt about this book. What I mean by that is I really felt like this book dragged on and even worse I feel like Meyer was well aware of that because the story seamed to be a little bit crazy. The middle of the story in particular was kind of hard to follow because of everything that was happening.
My only other major critique of this book is that it is written at quite a low level for the material that it covers. If you’re looking for a light read with a familiar story then this is probably a good thing for you. However when I picked this book up I was hoping to be stimulated. Mostly because the story covers some fairly mature material.
Don’t get me wrong this was a great story and an incredibly detailed. Meyers doses a wonderful job of creating an entire world in the short space of this book. Not only does she describe the appearance of the changed world but she also explores the details of social classes and eventually the relationships between the different groups of people. I found that this story very interesting and one of the more unique takes on the “Cinderella story.”
When I first read the summary on the back of the book I was nervous about reading a book that (source) included space robots and was still supposed to be a Cinderella story, but Meyer uses the different aspect of the main character in an refined way that is not at all what I was expecting when I read that it was about space robots.
Overall I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in young adult fantasy/ sci-fi that is looking for a fairly light read.
I have gone through several fazes of reading throughout my life, I used to love reading when it wasn’t me doing the work, then as I grew up I hated it and wouldn’t touch a book. Then when I grew up some more I wouldn’t stop there were days that I would read from the time I got home until two or three in the morning. But when I became an upperclassman my priorities changed and I didn’t really have time. I do hope to get back into reading though because I have definitely had some great experiences through books.
My all time favorite: Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I originally read thisbook with my dad in the third grade and though I didn’t understand any of it, there was something about it that I just fell in love with
. Since then I have read it several more times and have been able to come up with some more concrete reasons why I love it. First it’s got a great story of a seagull with determination, and second, every time you read it you can get something new out of it. I love that it’s so interesting to me all of the different thoughts that I’ve had because of this one book through my life.
The best of the worst: The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I love these books and I’m not afraid to say it. I know they are awful and of a subpar reading level, but that doesn’t stop me. The interesting part is that weather than following a vampire these books follow the story of a “vampire protector.”
From my early years: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Del. This is another book that I read with my dad in elementary school. It tells the story of a girl and her brother who get stranded on an island when their people leave, the children must learn to survive and fend for themselves. While hoping that someone will return for them. I don’t really know why I love this book, and honestly I haven’t read it in years, but what I can tell you is that I loved story about nature and humans using the friendly animals to help them survive. (Bonus: Julie of The Wolves: its quite similar and had nearly identical themes)
From my really early years: The Magic Garden (author unknown). I wouldn’t feel right talking about my favorite books without mentioning this one, even though its not a “real” book. I brought this sucker in for show and tell so many weeks in a row that y teachers had to tell me to stop. It’s a lovely story of a little girl who makes flowers grow everywhere she walks. This was by far my favorite book as a child.
From school: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Everyone a long list of books they were forced to read for school and usually several of those make it on our “never read again list” but this is my favorite. Now I admit I read this book before I had to because my friends who were a grade above me wouldn’t stop talking about it.
But still it was an assigned book so I still count it as being for school. There aren’t really words to tell you what this book is about in a few sentences, just know that if you read it you are in for the
ride of your life that ends with a dark twist. I would definitely recommend this book but be warned it is very dense and not for the faint of mind.(source)