Thursday, January 08, 2009

Romeo and Juliet by Esther Pearl Watson

Amazon.com Product Description:

This remarkably well-told, bizarre and updated version of the classic tale of love and loss will blow your mind. Narrated by Donkey Kong, and set in a urban high school. Instead of poisoning themselves, the young lovers prove their devotion to each other by crushing themselves under a Coke machine. By Esther Pearl Watson, regular contributor to Bust magazine.

Esther Pearl Watson is hilarious, random, and very unique. When I heard she did a version of Romeo and Juliet I just had to read it!

The comic was funny and very very random, if a bit short. Having her strip, Unlovable to compare it to it didn't exactly live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, the illustrations were great, the story was funny and it was very very random. I just think the author truly shines with her Unlovable strip, which is why I'm very glad all the Unlovable comics have been collected into a book!

But anyways, it was definitely fun comparing her comic to the Romeo and Juliet we have all read! If you are ready to try an short indie comic with familiar content this is the place to start!

3.5/5 Stars
Purchased by myself

What's one remake of a story you enjoy?

6 comments:

  1. oh there is a comic on Romeo and juliet? I didn't know that and I don't know how i feel about reading it either.

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  2. That sounded like it had such great promise. I think I'd still like to read it. I'm not familiar with Esther Pearl Wilson's work, so I won't have anything to compare it to.

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  3. Wow- I'd like to check this out if only to see this narrative (narrated by Donkey Kong ?!?!).

    On a similar note, I started to read John Updike's take on Hamlet (I think it's called Gertrude and Claudius but I'm not sure...?) It's interesting on the one hand, but these texts are so ingrained in our minds, it's tough to get away from the original.

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  4. Oh, sounds hilarious and fun. Nice review.

    -Lauren

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  5. A comic? That sounds pretty cool.

    I read a version of Hamlet by John Marsden last year for young adults which because it explained the story nicely to me :)

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  6. violetcrush- Yeah, I got it because I love the author/artist. I only heard about it recently!

    bermudaonion- Yeah it's pretty crazy random! Let me know how you like it!

    Tom- Yeah it's so random! That's a great point, it's hard to see something like this without thinking of the original the whole time.

    Shooting Stars Mag- It's definitely those two things!

    LisaMay- I love comics, you'll see a lot more reviews for comics this year on my blog, hope you find something you are interested in!

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