by Whitney Grace
Romeo and Juliet#000000;”> is arguably Shakespeare’s most read play about a pair of star-crossed lovers who commit suicide when they cannot be together. There are many graphic novel adaptations that reuse the characters and places, while others are a straight retelling with the original script. Hinds’s graphic novel falls into the latter category, but he sets his Romeo and Juliet apart with a few choice selections. The most daring choices he made were having Juliet be an Indian girl and Romeo be a young black man, while placing them seventeenth-century Italian Verona. Hinds’s choices demonstrate Romeo and Juliet’s universal themes and its timeless quality about love and prejudice.
Hinds doesn’t adapt the entire play, rather taking the bulk of it and leaving out the slower scenes. His retelling is still faithful to Shakespeare’s play despite the small changes and makes it more enjoyable for a modern audience. The graphic novel’s strongest element is Hinds’ illustrations that transport the reader straight into the romantic and tragic world. The characters are more relatable and exciting to watch as they play their roles. Hinds does very little wrong in this version of Romeo and Juliet, probably making it one of the best adaptations of the play in years.