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.
*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!