Book Review: Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet

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Title: Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet

Original Author: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Stacy King Contributor: Crystal S Chan Illustrator: Julien Choy Lettering: Akanovas, Jeannie Lee

Genre: Classics, Manga

Length: 409 pages

Rating: 3★ / 5★

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A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together – but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last.

Manga Classics ™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare’s most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety!

OtakuMeganeChan’s Review:

Shakespeare’s greatest love cum tragedy story is beautifully envisioned and presented as a Manga Classics. By now it is obvious that I am in love with Manga Classics and getting to read Romeo + Juliet was in my bucket list.

The story is adapted from Shakespeare’s work, the complete play and the language of the play – the dialogues – are in Old English. This makes reading the manga slightly difficult as I am not comfortable with Old English and English is my third language. So I followed the illustrations and read in between to understand the story. Thankfully I head read a middle grade version of the book and I didn’t find following the flow of the story difficult.

Suggestion would be if the language could be in simple English so readers like me wouldn’t find it tedious to read. I hope Manga classics can adpat more classical books with easier language as this would be simple to pick for readers who are getting into reading classics or getting into reading altogether.

Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

(Pic courtesy: Goodreads)

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