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Reviews for Romeo and Juliet: The Graphic Novel (Classic Graphic Novel Collection):

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Sep 13, 2018

Even though I have such a marmite relationship for Shakespeare's works, this graphic novel edition of the classic play Romeo and Juliet I actually enjoyed. The illustrations were colourful, visual and with the original text, it was an easy read that displayed well. Although the storyline at times wasn't an enjoyable experience for me, it was the quality that cemented a strong 4 stars!
3

Jul 01, 2017

The story of two teenage lovers who's families are sworn enemies. Will they overcome all odds to find true love? Or will they fail? Will they be able to bring friendship to their families again?
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Feb 07, 2014

I DONT LIKE THIS. AT ALL. ROMEO YOU LOVE SICK FOOLISH FOOL. I am not looking forward to read the original Romeo and Juliet. *shiver*
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Jan 17, 2019

...I like the idea and the execution isn’t bad, but you can tell that maybe this was illustrated during a time when graphic novels were not seen as they are now. The thing is that I abandoned it more because I just couldn’t connect or get into the story the way I once had. I use to love Romeo and Juliet, and while my perspective of them has changed I still relate to the idea of it in my youth. The thing though is that whenever I was beginning to get into the narrative,all I wanted to do was ...I like the idea and the execution isn’t bad, but you can tell that maybe this was illustrated during a time when graphic novels were not seen as they are now. The thing is that I abandoned it more because I just couldn’t connect or get into the story the way I once had. I use to love Romeo and Juliet, and while my perspective of them has changed I still relate to the idea of it in my youth. The thing though is that whenever I was beginning to get into the narrative,all I wanted to do was watch the 90s film adaptation. Which meant to me that I would rather do that than read this. It’s early in the year but I don’t really want to get stuck reading a book I don’t care to read. Upside is that I realized so much about the narrative that I had missed as a kid, as I got older I saw how the story is more about foolishness, a foolish love than a romantic heart wrenching one, and much of it disturbed me. And kind of just made me feel like man...we can be so stupid sometimes. I had also forgotten how vulgar the play is. Anyway, I’m glad I finally at least gave it a shot because I had it for so long. I may keep it as a book that’s a classic comic that I use to love, but I think I’ll just watch the movie instead of reading it. ...more
5

Jul 21, 2018

Adapting Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into a graphic novel format was an excellent idea. I absolutely loved reading this version!
5

Jun 04, 2017

We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet but I have never seen it as a graphic novel before.

This is a GORGEOUS book. All of Shakespeare is there plus great images.
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Mar 24, 2016

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are very few things that disappoint me, most of the time I go into things with low expectations, so it’s hard to be disappointed; the graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet was exceptionally disappointing. The translation from Shakespeare’s English to modern English was fine, except it left out many of the best lines in the story. Instead of being able to see it as an amazing and pretty humorous tragedy, it became just another story about whiny teenagers that know even less than I do about There are very few things that disappoint me, most of the time I go into things with low expectations, so it’s hard to be disappointed; the graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet was exceptionally disappointing. The translation from Shakespeare’s English to modern English was fine, except it left out many of the best lines in the story. Instead of being able to see it as an amazing and pretty humorous tragedy, it became just another story about whiny teenagers that know even less than I do about relationships and the world. Romeo and Juliet is a story about dumb teenagers, but the original is written well enough that it’s a joke instead of just being something in a story, and you can even almost feel for the two at some points. The art itself was fine, nothing spectacular but definitely good enough, but still seeing writing that could have just been copy pasted onto the pictures completely butchered, reading this wasn’t a good experience. I assume I don’t have to say what the plot is, if you don’t know it, read the original. The only people I could recommend this to, are people who have never read Shakespeare and have no idea what makes a book good so they just blindly enjoy everything. ...more
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Jul 21, 2017

This is a sad tale of to lovers. The pictures made it much easer to understand. A very good read.
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Feb 26, 2015

I was reading this as a refresher for when I have to teach this play to my grade nines in a few weeks. Amazingly done! I wish we could study this graphic novel as opposed to the actual play! It makes Shakespeare so accessible and fun to read. I couldn't put it down .
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Nov 30, 2010

A 5 star script, since it is unabridged Shakespeare, but the lack of glosses means that many pages of jokes make no sense. The art is not thought out, fumbling the storytelling a half-dozen times. There are also redundancies between the art and the dialogue that the artist fails to resolve. The art is attractive, though derivative, but the tale is not well told.
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Sep 08, 2012

Once again the art astounds. Very good visualization of the famous play, though I did have different pictures of how the main lovers themselves, Romeo and Juliet, looked. I would have preferred the Original Text version, but this was the only one available in my library system, and it despite my dislike for translations and abridged adaptations, it held up very well.
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Apr 10, 2015

Saved $15 because I Snagged @ The Library

I really have trouble getting into Shakespeare unless I can see it. This helped immensely. Also, it turns out, my cat really liked it. (Not making this up.) Though she is NOT a fan of Mercutio. Oh, and the whole ending in tragedy thing. I forgot to warn her. My bad.

Anyway, this was a GREAT way to enjoy the original text of Shakespeare and be able to figure out what was going on.
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Dec 27, 2014

I would say Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite work by Shakespeare. That being said, I quite enjoyed this graphic novel! I think it is a great way to help get teens and young adults more interested in Shakespeare's important literary works. The publisher actually publishes three different versions of the same graphic novel. The first being old English (original text), the next with some original text and also plain text (this is the version I read), and the last being all in modern language. I would say Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite work by Shakespeare. That being said, I quite enjoyed this graphic novel! I think it is a great way to help get teens and young adults more interested in Shakespeare's important literary works. The publisher actually publishes three different versions of the same graphic novel. The first being old English (original text), the next with some original text and also plain text (this is the version I read), and the last being all in modern language. For students who are beginning their journey of Shakespeare I would highly recommend these. ...more
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Dec 03, 2011

Gale Cengage publishes some excellent texts to enhance a young reader's experience with classical literature. This graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet is well done. There are places where I would have liked to see different paraphrasing of the original lines, but overall it makes pieces of the play accessible that often are difficult for them to understand (Mercutio's Queen Mab speech or Juliet's soliloqy about being afraid to be in the tomb).

Plenty of good resources included as well - a family Gale Cengage publishes some excellent texts to enhance a young reader's experience with classical literature. This graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet is well done. There are places where I would have liked to see different paraphrasing of the original lines, but overall it makes pieces of the play accessible that often are difficult for them to understand (Mercutio's Queen Mab speech or Juliet's soliloqy about being afraid to be in the tomb).

Plenty of good resources included as well - a family tree, biography of Shakespeare, and a history of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

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Sep 10, 2019

Romeo and Juliet is not a love story, built on virtues, understanding and the connectedness that must be the core elements of a truly deep relationship. This is what it is:


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May 01, 2014

My second graphic novel that I read this semester. I liked it much better than American Born Chinese. I also really enjoy it but I can't say that I liked it more than the original text of Romeo and Juliet because lets be honest, there will never be a better version of Romeo and Juliet. I loved, loved, loved the art in this book. It kept me interested because it combined the words with the visuals and having already read the story of Romeo and Juliet, it didn't ruin anything for me. I think this My second graphic novel that I read this semester. I liked it much better than American Born Chinese. I also really enjoy it but I can't say that I liked it more than the original text of Romeo and Juliet because lets be honest, there will never be a better version of Romeo and Juliet. I loved, loved, loved the art in this book. It kept me interested because it combined the words with the visuals and having already read the story of Romeo and Juliet, it didn't ruin anything for me. I think this book is excellent for students because William Shakespeare's text can be so confusing that this is a nice accessible text that is easy to understand. It is something that I would have in my classroom so that my students can use it along with the original text in hopes that it would help with any confusion in both the language and in the story line. ...more
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Jul 31, 2016

"Two houses both alike in dignity, In fair Verona where we lay our scene..."

Those famous words in one of the most famous plays of love and romance open the graphic novel of a an ill-fated romance. Yet all of us have read the story at some point---as a freshman in high school literature, as an English major in a collegiate literature class.

Why would I reread this story? (And I'm wondering why I would read a graphic novel since I normally do not like them.) First, I was looking for a Shakespeare "Two houses both alike in dignity, In fair Verona where we lay our scene..."

Those famous words in one of the most famous plays of love and romance open the graphic novel of a an ill-fated romance. Yet all of us have read the story at some point---as a freshman in high school literature, as an English major in a collegiate literature class.

Why would I reread this story? (And I'm wondering why I would read a graphic novel since I normally do not like them.) First, I was looking for a Shakespeare tale to use with my advanced readers. This is not it, simply because it DOES use the original text. Second, I like Shakespeare and I like Romeo and Juliet. This graphic novel does justification to the story. It would also help some kid who HATES to read (I am aghast when someone doesn't like to read) but has to slough through high school Shakespearean literature. Almost everyone likes comic books, which is how I feel about graphic novels. At least they have a visual as well as the original words.

What was not to like about the book? Nothing (at least for me). ...more
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Sep 23, 2015

This is the only unabridged graphic novel of the play I've found, so I think it really fills a gap. I didn't really like the drawings, though. They're full-color, which is good, and I think the action is shown well and there's some variation in the page layout (but mostly just square or rectangular frames separated from each other by white space). Students reading it will have no trouble telling what's going on. The settings are fine and just what you'd expect; period, mostly simple but with This is the only unabridged graphic novel of the play I've found, so I think it really fills a gap. I didn't really like the drawings, though. They're full-color, which is good, and I think the action is shown well and there's some variation in the page layout (but mostly just square or rectangular frames separated from each other by white space). Students reading it will have no trouble telling what's going on. The settings are fine and just what you'd expect; period, mostly simple but with some more detailed views. Ditto the costumes, though I have some doubts about the shift dress (nightie?) Juliet wore on her way to "confession"--I read somewhere that women of that period would never show their arms, so I doubt that they'd have a nightie without sleeves, and I doubt even more they'd roam Verona in it. What doesn't work for me is that the overall style of the illustrations reminded me of 1950s noir comic strips--lots of heavy shadow, saturated color, dark lines, etc. The faces really reminded me of that type of drawing. Everyone is heavy, as well, with puffy square faces. Juliet doesn't look like someone Romeo would look at twice, and nor does Romeo look like love's young dream. But still, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this if a teacher needed a full-text retelling that a student could actually understand. ...more
3

Nov 03, 2011

Oh, graphic novel. Graphic novel! Wherefore art thou graphic novel?

If you know anything about William Shakespeare, then you must have heard of Romeo and Juliet by now. You know… Start crossed lovers. Feuding families. The story of two young people who fall so deeply in love they’re willing to drink poison and take a dagger to the chest to be with each other forever. Yeah, for the few of you who have never heard of the story, I’m not making this stuff up.

I’ve never had any desire to read Oh, graphic novel. Graphic novel! Wherefore art thou graphic novel?

If you know anything about William Shakespeare, then you must have heard of Romeo and Juliet by now. You know… Start crossed lovers. Feuding families. The story of two young people who fall so deeply in love they’re willing to drink poison and take a dagger to the chest to be with each other forever. Yeah, for the few of you who have never heard of the story, I’m not making this stuff up.

I’ve never had any desire to read Shakespeare. I’ll watch a Shakespeare movie, sit through a play, and do anything else it seems that doesn’t require actually reading the man’s work. Which is strange, because I love to read. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed “Romeo & Juliet: The Graphic Novel” so much more than the original text. The graphic novel combined words with visuals, both of which I love. It was nice to finally be able to read the story is a way that was comfortable for me. Even though I’ve always known the basic story of Romeo and Juliet, the graphic novel taught me a few interesting things. First of all, I did not know that Romeo and Juliet were barely teenagers. When I found out that Juliet was thirteen, my eyes nearly popped out of their sockets.

Considering that Romeo and Juliet were teenagers themselves and had an intense love that’s common in adolescence, I think many young adults would relate to this timeless classic (hopefully, not the suicide part). For young adults who are resistant to Shakespeare’s work or other classical tales, graphic novels may be the answer. From personal experience, I can say that it’s usually far easily to teach young people through visual learning. There are even three different versions of the Romeo and Juliet graphic novel that allow readers to work their way up from easy text to Shakespeare’s original text. I’d say readers who are in high school and adults would enjoy this graphic novel the most. But, junior high readers might be interested, particularly if they like Romeo and Juliet’s story. Girls would be attracted to the romance while the violence may draw boys in.

I give “Romeo & Juliet: The Graphic Novel” three out of five stars. I’m always going to have mixed feelings about the story of the two lovers. But, the graphic novel made it much more readable and likable. I would definitely recommend it to those wary of Mr. William Shakespeare. ...more
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Oct 08, 2016

2. BRIEF REVIEW
Young adult graphic novel, it is the first graphic novel I read and I enjoyed it. I really liked the fact that the first two pages of the book include pictures of the characters, with their name and a short description of who they are. The glossary, author's biography and history of the Romeo and Juliet found in the back of the graphic novel are interesting and helpful to the reader. I disliked that the character referred to as the Chorus, basically gives the whole story away when 2. BRIEF REVIEW
Young adult graphic novel, it is the first graphic novel I read and I enjoyed it. I really liked the fact that the first two pages of the book include pictures of the characters, with their name and a short description of who they are. The glossary, author's biography and history of the Romeo and Juliet found in the back of the graphic novel are interesting and helpful to the reader. I disliked that the character referred to as the Chorus, basically gives the whole story away when he narrates the introduction saying, “Romeo and Juliet Capulet, supposed enemies, fall in love at first sight. Although their love ends in tragedy, their deaths bring peace and end the fight.” I was not a big fan of the graphics found at the bottom of page 40.

3. CONTENT AREAS
This graphic novel is ideal for a junior high or high school literature class. Students will not only learn about a famous play but also about a famous writer, William Shakespeare –this novel contains a biography about him. If the literature teacher prefers to use the original Romeo and Juliet play in class, she can offer this graphic novel as an alternative. I believe the format in which the text is presented in this graphic novel is more appealing to young adults and is easier to understand than the original play. I would use this book in a English/Literature class to teach about characterization and character types. I will have students identify who the protagonist, antagonist, the developing, static, and dynamic characters are. Then I would divide students into groups and have them create group posters and present to the class.

4. COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

a. What were the names of the two powerful families, which family was Romeo a part of? Which family was Juliet part of? If you were Juliet's sister, or Romeo's brother would you have encouraged or discouraged their romance? –The Montagues were Romeo’s family and the Capulets were Juliet’s family. If I were Juliet's sister, I would have first tried to convinced her to forget about Romeo, if my efforts didn't work and I saw that Juliet was truly in love I would try to talk to my parents and find out why there was a rivalry between the two families and do anything I could possibly do to bring the two families together so that the families wouldn't oppose to Romeo and Juliet's love.

b. What was different about Benvolio and Tybalt? –Benvolio wanted to stop the fight between the two men that served his family and the two men that served the Capulets. Unlike him, Tybalt had hatred in his heart, he wished that the fight would continue and wanted to fight with Benvolio.

c. Why did Benvolio want Romeo to attend the party at Lord Capulet’s house? Do you think Benvolios plan worked?–Romeo was very sad because he was in love with Rosaline, who did not love him. Benvolio wanted him to attend the party so that he could compare her to other girls and hopefully forget about her. I think Benvolio's plan helped Romeo forget about Rosaline, but it seems as though Romeo falls in love rather quickly and he fell hard for Juliet.

5. WONDERS
I wonder…
a. Count Paris wanted to marry Juliet, who was only thirteen years old. At what age did girls usually get married in Verona during that time period?

b. Were all upper class marriages arranged by the bride’s parents?

c. Did girls attend school during this time period?

d. When talking to Juliet, Count Paris expressed: “Your face is mine, and you are insulting it.” Did the law consider women to be a man’s property?

e. What was in the potion Juliet drank to make her look as if she were dead?







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Aug 18, 2017

i did not like this at all! it wasn't the graphic novel i didn't like (I LOVE graphic novels). It was the story. I liked A Midsummer Night's Dream so i thought i might like this. i was wrong. I'm surprised this is such a popular/loved story.
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Dec 14, 2017

A good way to read Shakespeare if you don’t have the patience for the original text. This version does simplify the story yet again and highlights the insane parameters for love and the short courtship rituals but I guess we have to remember that the author was trying to portray an entire doomed love affair in the length of one play. Perfect for those new to the story.
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Jan 24, 2019

I only made it 30 pages in before abandoning this graphic novel. There were so many obstacles that made it difficult to enjoy the story of Romeo and Juliet in a graphic novel format. Most significantly, the panels and the artwork often neither contributed or complimented to the storyline. Often, it felt like I was reading portions of the original play with disconnected illustrations floating in the background.
I understand there are two different versions of this graphic novel adaptation. This I only made it 30 pages in before abandoning this graphic novel. There were so many obstacles that made it difficult to enjoy the story of Romeo and Juliet in a graphic novel format. Most significantly, the panels and the artwork often neither contributed or complimented to the storyline. Often, it felt like I was reading portions of the original play with disconnected illustrations floating in the background.
I understand there are two different versions of this graphic novel adaptation. This one contains the entire play while the other is abridged and written in contemporary language. Perhaps the other lends itself better to the graphic novel format, but this one just seems rigid and awkward. Information does not flow well from one panel to the next, or from one page to the next, making it frustrating to read through comfortably. ...more
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Jun 22, 2017

Incredibly Illustrated with AMAZING Character Development

The book is a graphic novel on a play called Romeo and Juliet. The book is challenging to read because of all the Shakespeare words I can’t understand. The author is an expert in the field. The language is absolutely remarkable.The play was written in 1597.

This book is about two households that takes place in Verona, Capulets and Montagues who goes against each other for a while now. Our main characters Romeo and Juliet will be there to Incredibly Illustrated with AMAZING Character Development

The book is a graphic novel on a play called Romeo and Juliet. The book is challenging to read because of all the Shakespeare words I can’t understand. The author is an expert in the field. The language is absolutely remarkable.The play was written in 1597.

This book is about two households that takes place in Verona, Capulets and Montagues who goes against each other for a while now. Our main characters Romeo and Juliet will be there to save the day. Juliet is part of the Capulets of course, and Romeo to the Montagues. They are so interesting because they would kill for each other. They don’t act like normal people at all. They’re so over dramatic, like chill. From how the story works, they have the conflict of not being able to love. I can relate to Benvolio, the peacekeeper in the novel. Like he’s the only one that actually has some sense in the novel. Everyone’s crazy but Benvolio and me. I like to keep the peace and be neutral with no emotions at all. Romeo faces desperate love for Juliet, so does herself. But, from the things that are happening between the two sides and their mens, it stops them from having this relationship. Sad life.

Readers will enjoy it cause it’s interesting. Readers’ who are into romance, I would suggest this book to them.Shakespeare is like a god. I have no emotions for this book. The books complete, I don’t want to spoil it for all the readers who would want to read it because of this review. This book is clearly better than all the other books I’ve read. No mistakes whatsoever, it’s pure perfection in this novel. My favorite part of the book is when Benvolio stops fights. He’s another god. ...more

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