Jumping right into this post, I have to say that I have never been Shakespeare’s biggest fan, and honestly probably will never be even relatively close to actually enjoying his works. Coming out and saying that seems harsh, and the reason I feel that way is probably because I have never read his work out of pure enjoyment, only because it was mandatory in high school, and in college. That being said, I recently read a different version of the classic Romeo and Juliet story. A graphic novel made by Gareth Hinds gave a different outlook of the characters and stuck to the original story well.
It is kind of hard to tell you guys that I am going to avoid the story of Romeo and Juliet because I have never ran across from anyone who actually hasn’t read one incarnation or another of the old tale. Hinds vision was something that threw me off at first sight, I am pretty good at geography, and it came to my surprise that the Montague’s and the Capulet’s were definitely not the average Italian of that time period. I am not too sure what Hinds was going for in the story as he changed the background of the characters, but it did give a more diverse aspect than what I am used to when I think of Romeo and Juliet.
Other than that the story was pretty much the same if my memory serves me right. The characters played the same role as two teenagers fall in love and that they come from two different families that are not to fond for each other. Saying that the difference in the diversity of the cast, and the fact that there is actually a graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet, I was not really impressed with the book at all. I mean for a Shakespeare classic it was really everything I expected it to be and nothing more. If you are a fan of Romeo and Juliet, I would recommend this book as a new outlook on the story, but if Shakespeare has never been the type of stories to interest you, I would hold off on reading Gareth Hinds version of the classic tragedy.
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