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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)

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No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and ...

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Romeo and Juliet (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)

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Overview

No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:

  • Illustrated cast of characters
  • A helpful plot summary
  • Line-by-line translations of the original play
  • Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books
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Gr 7 Up -A visually engaging format includes clearly delineated acts and scenes as well as skilled use of dark and light to highlight mood and recurring themes. Many of the images are striking, particularly the white-on-black night scenes describing Queen Maba's dream appearance and Julieta's decision to drink poison. Well-drawn characters such as the brash young men, the Nurse, and Friar Lawrence come to life in these panels. This is especially true for Juliet, whose early images of youthful innocence contrast sharply with her distraught face as the story progresses. With the exception of Capulet and Montague, who look more like grandfathers than fathers to such young teens, visual characterizations are accurate. Text for this version comes from an abridgment of the modern English translation found in No Fear Shakespeare (Spark, 2007). Readers will not encounter any of Shakespearea's language or poetry in this adaptation. Even familiar speeches such as "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" are modernized to "Oh Romeo, Romeo, why must you be Romeo?" A limited number of footnotes explain references to unfamiliar phrases, particularly bawdy humor. Readers interested in graphic-novel versions with excerpts from Shakespearea's original play should try Romeo and Juliet (Barrona's, 2005), edited by Philip Page and Marilyn Petit, or Richard Appignanesia's adaptation (Abrams, 2007).-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411498747
  • Publisher: SparkNotes
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Series: No Fear Shakespeare Illustrated Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 128,241
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    READ HERE

    if you need this for school it isn't the best you can get. for school if you read romeo and juliet, get the kind of book which translates the old english or you'll have a hard time. otherwise, i recommend that you just read the play.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2008

    great

    great way of being able to read the classic play, but with the extra visual element which only adds to the enjoyment

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Big disappointment

    I wanted the no fear translation of the play as seen online, not a bunch of commentary . The book is a total waste.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Really Helpful

    While reading the book Romeo and Juliet, it was helpful to explain the more difficult parts. If you don't really care about the deeper meanings of the play and are not reading it for class, it really is not worth it though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Paper Topics

    Good Play. Good paper topics include: how romeo matures through the words of juliet, the use of light imagery, a comparision to other works of mine, and a comparision to something else, like a song or another book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Waste of money

    Do not buy. It doesn't translate like the online does

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    ok

    quite enjoyed the artwork in this and the fact that its in modern english. nice combo of shakespeare play and manga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet was a good book i enjoyed reading it. I dont usually enjoy reading books but this one grabbed my attention and the movie was even better. But the movie and the book were a little different from eachother. My favorite part in the story is at the end when Juliet drinks the potion that makes her sleep and Romeo thinks shes dead and then Romeo drinks poison and he dies and when Juliet wakes up from her sleep she sees that Romeo is Dying from the poison he drank. Then after that juliet kills herself because she couldnt be without Romeo. I think that part is so sad and i cry everytime i hear it or see it. I wish it wouldnt of ended so sad though.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Passionate Love Story

    This tragic book of two lovers who give their lives for eachother is a sense of reality. It brings out the truth in us all.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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