Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mini Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Graphic Novel by Nelson Yomtov, Fares MAese, Berneice Muniz, William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Graphic Novel by Nelson Yomtov, Fares Maese, Berneice Muniz, William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Release Date: July 1st 2011
Publisher: Capstone
Format: Hardcover
: 88
Genre: Fantasy

Witness a tale of love, fairies, and betrayal in this classic tale retold in graphic-novel format. Theseus, duke of Athens is preparing for his marriage when Hermia, and her father, Egeus, burst into his court and beg for Theseuss judgment regarding whom Hermia, Egeuss, daughter, should marry. Theseus tells Hermia she must marry Demetrius, even though she really loves Lysander. At nightfall, the two young lovers run off to the forest to be married in secret. However, Demetrius discovers their deception and charges into the forest, searching for his bride-to-be. Little do any of them know, a band of magical fairies lives in this forest, and they have other plans for these lovestruck humans . . .

This was one of the plays that I think I read in High School but I can’t remember it at all. I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually read it anyway. I never read what they told me to. So having a graphic novel edition was a nice way to ease into it. I believe I enjoyed this a lot more than if I would have just read the play itself.

This is obviously a graphic novel edition of Shakespeare’s famous play. This is pretty much a play about 4 young adults. A girl named Hermia is set to marry a man named Demetrius but is in love with another man named Lysander. Another lady named Helena is in love with Demetrius but he hates her. With a bit of accidental magic the young men’s feeling for each of the girl’s changes and leads to a rather large fiasco! Also, a man named Bottom ends up with a donkey’s head.

This is an anime style graphic novel. It was really easy to follow the story although I do think some things were left out. I saw someone compare this to a Cliff’s Notes version and I would agree with that. If you aren’t the biggest fan of Shakespeare, then I would recommend giving this version a try!

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