Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Manga Shakespeare Twelfth Night

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "Waiting On" Wednesday selection is:

By: William Shakespeare, adapted by Richard Appignanesi
Date Published: March 1, 2011 by Amulet Books

A comedy of mistaken identity and thwarted love, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays and is frequently performed and studied across the country. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked, she pretends to be a male servant and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Manga Shakespeare interpretation, which incorporates fresh ideas and thoughtful settings, will introduce the classic play to a new audience of Shakespeare fans.

Twelfth Night has always been one of my favorites of Shakespeare's plays, and the man could sure write comedy just as well as he could write tragedy.  Sometimes I wonder why teachers focus on all of the tragedies rather than giving their students a little comedy for balance.  It's nice seeing a little mixture in this play, and I can't wait to read the manga.  Nana Li is a recognizable manga-ka as well, so her art style should definitely fit the storyline for Twelfth Night.  And as a librarian, I think it's a good way to get students to actually visualize the play, especially if the adaptation remains true to the original language and traditional Shakespearean rhetoric.  


  1. Cute blog title and layout, have fun reading ;)

  2. Manga + Shakespeare? That's awesome!

  3. How cool. I definitely need to check out Shakespeare manga.

  4. @ Joy: Thank you so much for visiting, and happy reading to you as well. :)

    @ Penelope: Isn't it though? Hope you're able to check some of the Manga Shakespeare series out. :D

    @ Alison: I know, I'm surprised I hadn't checked it out before, too.


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