- William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream adapted by Dan Conner; illustrated by Rod Espinosa - This is a volume in the Graphic Shakespeare series. The book is only forty-eight pages, including pages about the play, about Shakespeare, and a glossary. So it contains not much more than an outline of the play. It begins with a short description of each character, given by Puck, with an indication that he will act as a guide through this adaptation (though he really doesn’t do so). Hippolyta seems content in the first scene, holding Theseus’ hand. There’s not a hint of queenliness or fierceness. In the drawings of Hermia and Helena, Helena appears the shorter. So Lysander’s line when he calls Hermia a “dwarf” makes no sense. Oberon is depicted shirtless and muscular. The changeling boy is mentioned at the beginning, but not later when Oberon breaks Titania’s spell. Titania’s “enamored of an ass” is for some reason changed to “enamored of a donkey,” which of course completely ruins the joke. The Interlude is shown on only two pages, and the wall is done with a parted curtain hanging on a frame, which is not at all what is in the play. The deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe are cut completely, which is lame. Published in 2009.
I will be posting A Midsummer Night's Dream film reviews in separate blog entries.