Manga Shakespeare

08 Dec, 2012

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Have you ever read at least one play by Shakespeare in high school or college and threw your head in your hands and groaned? Why? Is it because of the language?* Is it because it’s Shakespeare? Or is it because it’s just English class and you absolutely despise it? Well, here’s a solution for you!

There’s an actual thing called Manga Shakespeare where you can read (and possibly understand!) Shakespeare in one of the oldest Japanese art forms. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the coolest things I’ve heard. Although, I may warn you now, that Manga Shakespeare is only an abridged version of it, so if you’re ever taking a quiz or a test on one of the plays, be sure to familiarize yourself with the entire play; Manga Shakespeare, like SparkNotes or CliffNotes, is only there to guide you and to help you understand it more, not to replace the actual play.

Manga Shakespeare has won awards such as the UK Young Publisher of the Year (2008), “Best Books for the Teen Age”, “Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers”, and it’s dubbed NEO magazine’s 25 Essential Manga.

It’s got most of Shakespeare’s plays from Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a whole bunch more.

Manga Shakespeare

*Language tidbit of the day: Shakespare didn’t write in “Old English”. Believe it or not, it’s Modern English – the English we speak today!

By Melissa Tow

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Melissa Tow

Melissa is an avid reader of the classics, fawning and fangirling over hand imagery, strong-willed and hard-headed women who become conniving and seductive, and poetry that perfectly captures my emotions and feelings. She builds her arm muscles lugging around heavy books too much for her own weight (none of that E-book nonsense) and will, from time to time, stick her head in and smell yellowing book pages with dusty covers to get a sense of euphoria. Besides reading, Melissa watches too little, yet too many, television series, lovers of Frederique Chopin and Edvard Grieg, and reads up on history about Vikings, Medieval knights, and kings who create their own demise by viewing themselves like God. And she is the one who will be responsible for Governor Odious' death.

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